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Parents in Shiocton School District receive letter regarding "hit list"

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SHIOCTON, WI (WTAQ) - Shiocton School District officials have sent home a letter to parents seeking to ease their concerns about a possible "hit list" uncovered at the high school last week.

Superintendent Nichole Schweitzer sent a letter home to parents Monday night writing, "(r)est assured that we would have contacted you directly earlier in the process if we felt your child was in imminent danger. Too, we would not have held school, if we felt that being in our learning environment placed any child or adult in imminent danger."

The list allegedly contained names of 65 students and staff members. Three students were suspended, according to Schweitzer.

Schweitzer tells WTAQ there may be more discipline to come, including possible expulsion of the students involved.

Below is the full text of the letter:

January 20, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to you today regarding an alleged hit list authored by students enrolled in the high school. When a concern regarding a list of names was brought to our attention, school administration and law enforcement began an investigation. While the investigation continued, the appropriate actions were taken with the students involved so as to ensure the safety of all students and staff. As we seek to wrap up the investigation and put this matter behind us, rest assured that the appropriate actions continue to be taken so that Shiocton School District remains a safe place to learn and teach.

Incidents such as these are treated as a serious matter. Rest assured that we would have contacted you directly earlier in the process if we felt that your child was in imminent danger. Too, we would not have held school, if we felt that being in our learning environment placed any child or adult in imminent danger.

Our goal is to always provide a safe environment for all children, staff, volunteers, and visitors not just today, but yesterday and in every tomorrow. We appreciate the trust and confidence you place in us, and we will continue to ensure a safe learning environment for all.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 920-986-3351 x761. Thank you again for your trust and confidence.

Yours in Education,

Nichole J. Schweitzer

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