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Parents react to Swink school "hit list"

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OTERO COUNTY -

Parents are speaking out after the Otero County Sheriff's Office says a hit list was put together for students and staff at the Swink School.

Three juveniles were taken into custody for the credible school threats early Monday morning but have since been released on bond, facing charges of conspiracy to commit first degree murder and interference with a school.

The school held a public meeting with law enforcement on Tuesday night to address concerns with parents.

"I'm not even sure if kids are going to feel safe going to school anymore," Stacey Lucero, a parent said.

Lucero has two kids at the Swink School.

Both of her kid's names, found written on the cement under a gazebo in La Junta's City Park.

"When I looked at it, I was like oh my god, look at how many names are on here, teacher's names, cook's names, their mom's and brother's names, how could that even? Why?" she said.

Lucero's kids were among 42 names contained on what sheriff's investigators call a hit list.

"It scares a person because you don't know if that person is going to come to your house, you don't know if that person is going to get them after school, you just don't know," she said.

"We're afraid to send our kids to school, we're afraid if we send our kids to school, are they going to come home?" Erlinda Juvera, a grandparent said.

Otero County Sheriff Shawn Mobley addressing hundreds of nervous parents and students alongside District Attorney Jim Bullock and other administrators on Tuesday night.

"We're on top of this, I think we've proved that we're willing to go the extra mile to make sure our kids are safe and we're going to stay on top of that," Sheriff Mobley said.

Sheriff Mobley says he was able to take three teens into custody early Monday morning within about four hours of someone speaking up.

"This came in from a student here in Swink who happened to be with the people that were making the list and that information was passed onto us and we took it from there," he said.

All three, released on a $1000 bond, facing charges of conspiracy to commit first degree murder and interference with a school.

"We do take these threats very, very seriously, and just by the nature of these charges that we've filed on these individuals that that point gets out, that we do take these very seriously," he said.

But many parents in this tight-knit community are still left wondering, why.

"I've known them as good kids, I don't understand what made them change into the cycle of what they just did, I just don't understand it," Lucero said.

And while a possible school attack was prevented, their concern still lingers.

"I'm worried about my kids coming to school, I'm really thinking about putting them into homeschool if this is not coming to a resolvement in the school area," she said.

While the sheriff's office only has nine deputies on staff, they are promising to have an increased presence around the school for the time being.

Sheriff Mobley is also asking that any student who believes their name was on the list, contact the sheriff's office right away, he is looking to interview every person that was listed.

All three juveniles will appear in court on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

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