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Shorewood students return to school Thursday after 'hit list' investigation

Posted at 1:01 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 14:01:56-05

SHOREWOOD -- Shorewood students are back in the classroom after a school threat prompted the district to close all schools on Wednesday.

Although the schools are back in session, some students are feeling uneasy after a 14-year-old student was taken into custody because of a hit list. Police confirmed he wrote names down in a notebook and was found with a loaded ammunition clip.

“I think they should have shut [school down for] a whole week if I’m being completely honest because I don’t feel like the threat [has been] taken care of,” Eric Lucas III said.

Lucas is a junior at the high school, and despite his concerns, the district does consider the threat resolved. Devin Powers, another junior, had a feeling no one would be hurt.

“My parents were really scared yesterday, but my friends were mainly like they knew that it was going to be resolved, and we all knew something was going to happen, but we knew it wasn’t going to be a school shooting,” Powers said.

Despite closing all schools across the district, superintendent Bryan Davis said no credible threat existed at the two elementary schools or the middle school, but he still waited to resolve the issue completely before bringing any students or staff back to school grounds. Lauren Wilhite said she spent her day off strategizing with her parents.

“We actually made a plan in case [a] school shooting went down. We [planned] where to meet, where to go, [and] who to call,” Wilhite said.