NEISD Oak Meadow Elementary School 'kill list' shocks mom

She says NEISD did not take it seriously enough

Author: Brian Mylar, Reporter, bmylar@ksat.com
Published On: Jun 04 2013 05:17:18 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 04 2013 05:43:50 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

The mother of an Northeast Independent School District student is upset at the district over the handling of a second-grade "kill list" at Oak Meadow Elementary School.

The mother did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation, but said she got a call one day about her son being on another boy's kill list.

"It blew my mind when I got that phone call," the mother said.

NEISD police filed a report showing the boy admitted having the kill list because classmates are mean to him and tell on him because he tags too hard when the class is playing tag.

The school agreed to separate the students, check backpacks, assign different recess times and give the victim a bathroom buddy.

The mother said her son later came in contact with the boy.

"He ran into him in the restroom and he was picking on him again, trying to open the stall, looking through the peep hole," the mother said.

She said more should have been done to protect a medically fragile child.

"Even, like, one hit (or) if he falls on the floor, he could be gone," the mother said.

NEISD officials say a thorough investigation was launched into that threat and that the district took it seriously.

District spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor said she can identify with the mother’s feelings.

"It's scary when you hear something like that, no doubt," Chancellor said. “In this day and age, you simply cannot say something like this, even if you're 7 years old. It doesn't matter.”

She said the boy's backpack, journal and desk were searched and there was no written list.

She said after that, the boy was appropriately disciplined, but that legally, she could not reveal the discipline.

"This boy made a really bad choice to say something he shouldn't have said, but at the end of the day, he didn't have any intent to do any harm," Chancellor said.

As for the restroom run-in, she said even when children are separated, there are times when they could meet accidentally.

The boy’s mother hopes this elementary incident won't turn into real harm later.

The district sent home a letter with students on Tuesday. To read the full letter, click here (PDF).

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