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'Poor choice': Student with hit list and blade arrested, Humble ISD says

ATASCOCITA, Texas – A Humble ISD middle school student is in custody after being accused of having a list with names and bringing a large blade to school, officials said.

The principal of Atascocita Middle School said the student had a written list containing 14 names of students and also brought an 8-inch blade to school Wednesday.

The blade was "the type of item one would use to cut your Christmas tree," according to officials.

School officials said the student was arrested and removed from campus.

"All students are safe. Our school administration is having personal conversations with the parents of students whose names were listed," the principal wrote in a letter.

The student is charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, a third-degree felony. The student has not been identified.

"There is no evidence pointing to any sort of specific plan, but nevertheless it's unacceptable to have a saw blade and a list at school," a school official said.

The motive is unclear, but staff members were able to intervene before any intentions were carried out.

Humble ISD officials said the school day went on without any trouble.

Tips led to the discovery, officials said.

Officials said students who were on the list didn't know about it until after administrators intervened and parents were contacted.

"We're emphasizing with all families to talk with your children and to always share any concerns," a school official said.

Read the full letter sent to parents below:

"Letter from the Principal: February 20, 2019

February 20, 2019

Dear AMS Families,

Today, a student made a poor choice and brought a saw blade to school. The blade was about 8 inches and is the type of tool one uses to cut a tree branch. The student also had written a hit list containing a few students’ names.

The moment that we received a tip about a potential safety concern, we took immediate action by launching an investigation. We involved Humble ISD Police, who gathered information and presented it to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office filed a charge of possession of a prohibited weapon, a third-degree felony. The student was arrested and removed from campus.

All students are safe. Our school administration is having personal conversations with the parents of students whose names were listed.

We work in partnership with law enforcement for the safety and well-being of everyone. Please continue to encourage your children to report any concerns to our school staff, Humble ISD Police (281-641-7900) or through the Humble ISD iHelp app. Working in partnership keeps our schools safe and students focused on learning.

Thank you for your support,

Karl Koehler

Principal"