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14-Year-Olds' Plan to Kill 9 Uncovered by Teacher: Police

Middle school students allegedly made a hit list
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2019 5:40 PM CDT
The Highlands County Courthouse in Florida.   (Getty/ Warren-Pender)

(Newser) – A Florida teacher who saw and heard two 14-year-olds acting suspiciously found their plans to kill nine people and dispose of the bodies, police say. The girls now each face nine counts of conspiracy to commit murder and three counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, according to sheriff's reports. CNN reports that the Avon Park Middle School teacher said the girls seemed hysterical when she saw them searching her classroom for a folder. She found the folder, which allegedly held plans to get guns as well as kill the nine people and dispose of their remains. They were afraid of being arrested, the teacher said, and one said, "I'm just going to tell them it's a prank if they call me or if they find it." The girls were arrested Wednesday.

A parent whose child was a target said the girls, who were taken to a juvenile facility, had made a hit list containing both girls' and boys' names, WFLA reports. Court documents say the girls' plans detailed how they would burn and bury the bodies, per NBC. "Students, adults, we all need to be cognizant that words matter and whether it's in print or something that we say, it matters and we are held accountable for those words," a Highlands County Schools spokesman said. (Read more school violence stories.)

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