HAMILTON, Ohio -- Two New Miami High School students were arrested Monday after authorities said they posted “terroristic threats” about their school on Facebook.
The students -- two girls -- were taken to the Butler County Juvenile Detention Facility after a teacher alerted school administrators of the possible threat. The sheriff’s office was then called to investigate.
Dave Gibson, superintendent of New Miami Schools said two members of the sheriff's office, including an investigator, talked to the girls and then escorted them off school property.
The girls, age 14 and 15, are both St. Clair Township residents. Authorities said they posted information on social media describing a dislike with their school and the people there and referenced a shooting spree.
The girls posted the following on Facebook:
"I swear to god I hate this school and like 95% of the people in it."
"I say we go on a killing spree. Bang bang."
"Bang bang. That'll be like the third school shooting. Aye, you know I'm down lololol."
"Your first on my hit list."
No weapons were found, but the girls were taken into custody and charged as juveniles with delinquency by reason of inducing panic, as well as delinquency by reason of making terroristic threats. They were scheduled to appear in court the following day.
Gibson said he was unaware of any previous problems with the teens.
"We will follow the lead of the Butler County Sheriff's Department and the court system," he said. "They have been disciplined here at school, they have been suspended from school with the recommendation for expulsion."
Terry Taylor is the uncle of one of the teens, and said his niece was joking around. After reading the Facebook posts, he said he doubted the girls realized the severity of their social media talk.
However, Gibson said the matter would be taken very seriously.
"The way schools stay safe is because of proactive kids, teachers and parents so when we have an opportunity to see, hear or be in front of something like this, we are always going to take it serious," he said.
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