Meadowbrook in Poway
Meadowbrook Middle School. Photo: PUSD

An eighth-grader at Meadowbrook Middle School in Poway was detained Thursday after school staff discovered an alleged “hit list” containing the names of faculty and students, the sheriff’s department is reporting.

Administrators at the campus on Meadowbrook Lane reported the discovery of the hostile and potentially threatening note around 11:30 a.m., sheriff’s Detective Chris Allen said.

The boy’s written message included names of faculty and other students but made no mention of specific acts of violence, according to Allen. The youth brought no weapons to campus.

The student was taken into custody and his parents were notified, Allen added.

As a precaution, everyone whose name was on the list was notified, Allen said.

The incident remains under investigation by the Poway Sheriff’s Station with the cooperation of the Poway Unified School District, according to the detective.

It’s not immediately clear if the student has been released by sheriff’s officials.

The threat has prompted deputies to increase patrols Friday at the school, Allen said.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous “Students Speaking Out” hotline at (888) 580-8477.

–Staff, wire reports