FRANKLIN, N.C. – Authorities in North Carolina say two students are in custody after school administrators found multiple "hit lists" with names of students, a principal and community members, and deputies found a cache of weapons at one student's home.
The Macon County Sheriff's Office told local news outlets the lists were created by two sophomores at Franklin High School and discovered Tuesday.
Schools Superintendent Chris Baldwin said the students intended to do harm, leading the sheriff's office to conduct an investigation.
Guns seized from a bedroom of one of the students consisted of shotguns, revolvers, pistols and Airsoft pellet guns, the sheriff's office said.
Among the names on the list was Franklin High Principal Barry Woody.
"The title on one of the lists had 'hit list number two' written on the top," Baldwin said. "The other list we discovered was hit list number three, which had new names added, including community leaders."
According to the superintendent, Woody was on the hit list because he made one of the two students and the student's girlfriend stop their public displays of affection.
After the lists were passed to the school resource officer, Baldwin said all of the lists' targeted students were called into the school's main office, where social workers were present for support.
"It is very scary but we are making sure all threats are contained," Baldwin said.
Earlier this week, school officials said a group of at least three students from Mountain View Intermediate were found to be involved in a "suicide pact"as part of Instagram or Snapchat communities called "Edgy" or "Edgy Fan Page 101."
"But we were told there could be as many as 20 students involved," Baldwin said.
The superintendent said parents were notified of the groups last week, and the school district plans to address concerns during a community meeting in May.