A mother of two high school sophomores in Drexel, Missouri, is keeping her daughters at home until the person who wrote a "hit list," found in the school's restroom, is identified.
Andrea Harris tells WDAF that her daughters, Madison and Jade, were named, along with three other students, in a threatening note found at Drexel High School on Monday, just one day before the deadly school shooting in Colorado.
“You never know 100 percent [if your kids are safe], but to have a list come out that somebody is threatening your children is even harder," Harris told the station. "I haven’t sent them to school since."
The sisters agree that they won't feel safe until the person who wrote the note has been caught.
“It’s kind of scary to think that someone would want us dead because no matter how much I dislike someone I would never wish death on them,” Madison said.
“This is a small school. Somebody should be held accountable and it can’t be that hard to figure out,” Harris said. Drexel High School has just over 100 students, according to WDAF.
“Even though I’ve been told this is not a credible threat, it is not a joke,” Harris said. “It’s a sick joke, especially when it comes to the safety of your children.”
Drexel R-IV Superintendent Terry Mayfield released a statement to WDAF addressing the incident.
"On Monday, May 6, a student reported seeing a threat written in a school restroom stall. The District took immediate steps to secure the area, the building, and all students in order to contact law enforcement and begin an investigation. Threats of any kind are taken seriously and reviewed thoroughly. We appreciate the student who reported the threat immediately.
"We are continuing to cooperate with law enforcement during their investigation into the matter."
Harris says that the superintendent is understanding of her daughters not attending school, but she is concerned that they have not yet been able to identify the person who wrote the list.
“It’s just going to be swept under the rug and we’re just supposed to forget as the new school year starts in August,” Harris said.
Drexel police are currently investigating. Terry Mayfield did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment.
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