A pair of Florida middle school students who said they identify as “Satanists” have been arrested after their plot to murder their fellow students was uncovered by police.
Police in Polk County, Florida, were called by administrators at Bartow Middle School in Bartow, Florida, after a school resource officer found the girls armed with several large knives and other sharp instruments.
The police claimed that an investigation proved that the girls had concocted a plan to begin killing their fellow students after they pair spent a night together watching scary movies.
According to WFLA News Channel 8:
During an interview with detectives, the girls said they planned to go to their first-period class and then meet in the bathroom. The affidavit says they planned to then wait for smaller students to come into the bathroom so they could attack them.
“They wanted to kill at least 15 people, and were waiting in the bathroom for the opportunity to find smaller kids that they could overpower to be their victims,” Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall said during a news conference on Wednesday.
The girls told officers they planned to kill the students by stabbing them and cutting their throats, and were then going to pile the bodies up in a stall. The affidavit says both girls researched online how to kill someone with a knife and where to stab someone so they would bleed out the fastest.
“They told us they were Satan worshipers. They did make comments that they were willing to drink blood, and possibly eat flesh,” Chief Joe Hall said.
Bartow police say it was part of a plan for the girls to “be with Satan.” The arrest affidavit says the girls were going to stab themselves so they would bleed out after they were done killing.
“Killing all of these students was in hopes that it would make them worse sinners ensuring that after they committed suicide (they) would get to go to hell so they could be with Satan,” the affidavit says.
School officials became alarmed when one of the girls was found missing from class. But, the girl’s mother told school officials that she did leave for school that day. Administrators became worried that the girl was hiding somewhere inside the school. The girls were soon found and detained.
Police later found a drawing at the home of the 12-year-old girl that depicted the mass killing.
Polk Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd praised everyone involved for putting an early end to the plot before anyone got hurt.
“I want to thank the teachers, the administrators for when they saw something, they heard something, they said something,” Byrd said. “We don’t send our children to school to be harmed. If you plan on harming any of our children we will take it very credible and turn it over to law enforcement. We will protect them.”
Both girls are expelled from school and they are facing multiple charges, both felony and misdemeanor, WFLA reported.
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