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Girls Confess to Facebook Threats
HAMILTON, Ohio (WKRC) -- Two local high school girls accused of making threats on social media against their school admitted guilt in court Friday.
The New Miami High school students, 14 and 15, entered "true" pleas to a reduced charge of attempted inducing panic. Prosecutors say the girls posted threats on Facebook where they described a dislike for their school and referenced a shooting spree.
No weapons were ever found.
Friday, attorneys for both girls said they were joking around but realized in today's climate the threat had to be taken seriously.
"It's a lesson for kids about how to use social media and what they should or shouldn't say on it and how it could be taken. Because even when you're joking and even when you put 'lol' and laughing my hmm off, like was in this incident, it still doesn't mean that other people may not take it in a different vein."
Both girls apologized to the judge for their actions. The judge placed them on intensive probation, ordered them not to have any access to social media and have supervised use of the internet.
The best friends were also ordered to have no contact with one another for the time being and to write an essay on the proper use of social media.