RED BUD, IL (KTVI)– Parents in the Red Bud, Illinois school district are upset, and a little nervous after a “death list” was found in an elementary school student’s locker. Some sort of tip led officials to the student, who is not being identified. The child’s anonymity has some parents angry.
The incident unfolded Friday at Red Bud Elementary.
“Threatening note was found Friday morning. I’m not going to get to the specifics of what was on the note, but we contacted the Red Bud Police Department right away,” Superintendent Jonathan Tallman said.
While police did not comment for this story, Tallman said investigators determined there was no danger to anyone involved. But it’s what school officials won’t say that has parents asking question.s
Tracy Evans says her son, a sixth grader, was on the “death list,” and she was called into Tallman’s office to discuss it.
“Can you tell me who did it?” she says she asked. “And he said he couldn’t tell me who it was, he said a privacy matter. But how are you supposed to protect your kid if you don’t know who the other kid is. That was my biggest thing and that was my son’s biggest thing…not knowing who was threatening to hurt him and not knowing who to stay away from.”
She says that lack of information made getting her son to go to school this week difficult.
“He didn’t go yesterday. We fought tooth and nail trying to get him to go yesterdayand he wouldn’t go. He says, ‘What happens if he’s there or she’s there, whoever it is is there, and they’re gonna get me.’ He says, ‘You don’t know, they can walk onto school grounds and do whatever they want. Who’s gonna stop ‘em?’”
Tallman concedes he’s caught between a “rock and a hard place” in terms of identifying the child. He’s also not able to say what kind of discipline the student received, or if that student will remain at the school. But he insists everyone is safe.
“I’m confident that this threat is no longer in this district. When I say that, the threat is gone. You say, ‘is it case closed?’ I do feel as if this threat that we found has been taken care of,” he said.
But Evans, and other parents we spoke to who didn’t want to be identified, want more information.
“You worry because you don’t know what’s gonna happen to your kids. And mother’s instinct, you want to protect your kids.”