A little over two and a half weeks after a Sultana High School student was removed from campus after allegedly creating a hit list of students and staff, life on campus has returned to normal for the most part.

The list -- titled "kill list" and which included "campus security" on the list of approximately 30 targets -- was discovered on February 20, and the Sultana junior was removed from campus and taken into custody by authorities the same day.

"The student has been removed for our school and what the law guys or mental health guys are doing is beyond our knowledge and control," said Sultana Principal Tracy Marsh. "I did meet with just his teachers and they were all in agreement that he was a nice kid and was doing OK in their classes."

The student is a minor, so what happened after his 72 hour psychiatric evaluation by the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health is likely to never be a matter of public knowledge, according to Bruce Brown, the Supervising Deputy District Attorney of the Victorville office of the Juvenile division of the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office.

An accused minor's case is first processed by the San Bernardino County Probation Department, Brown said.

"If it's a felony and the kid's over 14," when the law says minors can competently participate in their own case, "They have to send it to us, and we decide whether to file charges," Brown said of standard procedures, and not the Sultana case specifically. "And then it comes down if the elements of the crime are provable. And if the elements of the crime are provable, then you prosecute.

"For a certain type, like criminal threats, you have different things you have to prove," in order to get a conviction, Brown said. "The fact that he wasn't able to carry out the threat isn't relevant."

The student was permanently removed from the Sultana High School campus, as per Hesperia Unified School District policy.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.