WALDOBORO — Cristy Winchenbach was making supper Dec. 8 when she got a call from her son’s school’s assistant principal that would destroy her sense of security sending him to school.

Her son, a seventh-grade student at Medomak Middle School had been put on a “kill list” made by another student in his home room.

“As a parent you’re never prepared to hear those words,” she said. “I was in shock.”

She was told by school administrators that the student who made the list had been suspended for four days and the police were involved. She contacted the Waldoboro Police Department, and said she was told the first step would be for the school officials to carry out their investigation.

The student had told one of the girls at school that she was on his list and mentioned shooting, according to Winchenbach. That was how the school found out about the list in the first place.

Five of the students on the list were in the boy’s homeroom with him and there was one other student listed as well. The list included two girls and four boys. The motive for placing these students on a list has not been revealed.

Winchenbach asked school administrators what their plan was to keep her son safe as he goes back to school. She was told that they could not go into details about anything that involved the student accused of making the list. Their hands are tied by confidentiality laws.

She said she does not blame school administrators for this, and she said they were responsive to her, but she believes the laws need to be changed so that parents have more rights to information when threats like this are made. She argues the victims’ rights should matter at least as much as the offender’s.

She said she has heard since that this student has withdrawn from RSU 40 schools and moved to Lewiston to live with his father. She said she hopes he is getting the help he needs and that this is not simply kicking the can down the road to another community.

She said her plan is for her son to attend school on Jan. 3, but she will also be there to make sure this other student is not there. If the student is there, she said she will seek legal counsel to determine her next steps.

A group of parents have formed on Facebook to discuss concerns about the situation. Some of the parents have met at length with school administrators, she said.

Superintendent Steve Nolan and the Waldoboro Police Department could not immediately be reached for comment Dec. 30.

Winchenbach plans to reach out to local lawmakers to seek improved laws to deal with these situations and give parents and victim students more rights.

“I’m not going to stop,” she said. “Our kids have rights, and we have to stick up for them.”