Girls planned to attack and kill at least 15 students — Bartow PD

Girls planned to attack and kill at least 15 students — Bartow PD

Girls planned to attack and kill at least 15 students — Bartow PD

Both girls told officers they worshipped Satan, according to police.

Their aim was then to cut their victims' throats, cut up their bodies, eat the flesh and drink their blood, authorities said. "They were not sad", Hall said. Tuesday, deputies and police officers stood guard.

According to officials, the plot was foiled only after the mother of one of the girls called in when she received a robocall informing her that she skipped school. Suspecting that it might have been used to drink alcohol, she escorted them both to the principal's office.

Hall said the girls emptied their pockets onto Principal Christopher Roberts desk and one of the girls produced a paring knife and a sharpener.

Investigators said they recovered text messages in which the girls allegedly discussed the details of the attack. "After that, their bags were searched, and several weapons including a pizza cutter and butcher knife were found on the girls".

The girls admitted to investigators that they were "Satan-worshippers".

"As I sat there last night [and] watched these interviews [with investigators], I do not believe this was a joke", Hall added.

A hand-drawn map of the school was found during a search of the girls' homes, according to Bartow police.

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The investigation revealed that the students armed themselves with knives, and planned on attacking fellow students during the school day. The girls are close friends who live near by and had spent the weekend together, Mr Hall said. "I would describe them as carefree and nonchalant about the process".

Each faces several charges, including conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Prosecutors will decide if the girls will be charged as adults or children.

As of Wednesday evening, neither child had an attorney listed.

"Some kids will see stuff that's creepy and develop an anxiety disorder and some kids will see stuff that is creepy and say, 'Oh, I want to do that, I want to play in that, '" she warned.

Extra counsellors and police will be in the school this week to reassure students and their families.

Ms Byrd did not explain how the students had been able to bringing knives onto campus, but credited the district's safety procedures with thwarting an attack.

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