Three students are suspended after a "kill list" is found at an Upstate middle school, according to school officials.
Honea Path Police Chief David King said a piece of paper with six names on it titled "Kill List" was found ay Honea Path Middle School on Wednesday.
King said there are no criminal charges in connection to the list. King thought the students had been expelled, but the school district later clarified that they had been suspended.
We were contacted by parents of students at the school who said they were told by school officials that the hit list was just a prank and not to worry about it.
April Smith, the mother of an eighth-grader whose name was on the list, said, "I'm just irritated and mad because they're not doing anything about it."
Smith said she didn't know anything about it until her daughter came home from school and mentioned it.
"She just told me there was a, what they labeled as, a kill list going around school. Other students seen it, and her name was on it."
"I was upset angry and worried," Smith said. "I went to the school this morning, and the principal said it was nothing to take serious. That it had been handled."
"I'm just worried because she's going to be in school with these girls for the next four years, and if they still continue to hold a grudge against her, who's to say that something doesn't happen in the years to come."
"We are keeping extra patrols around the school and school officials are being cautious," King said. "But right now we don't see anything that would lead us to believe or expect any violence."
King said, "As of this point, there's no criminal charges, not to say there may not be in the future. It's being handled as a school issue currently, but we're still looking at it."
"We take these threats seriously. We want to protect our children. I have grandchildren at this school myself, so naturally we take them seriously.
"We're going to continue to look at this thing through the holidays. I'm sure there will be several meetings after the holidays between school officials and police to make sure we handle this thing properly, but also prevent things from happening.
"We don't see anything that it was planned," King said. "It was just a spur of the moment type thing -- bad choice of words. There are some issues between a couple of these students -- they've got some past history, but nothing that we think is real serious right now."
Smith said, "They just got a little slap on the hand. They'll go do it again, if not something more serious next time."