Two girls, ages 11 and 12, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a weapon on school property on Oct. 23 at the Bartow Middle School in Florida. The girls allegedly planned to kill at least 15 of their classmates, drink their blood and eat their flesh, according to the police, as reported by ABC Action News in Tampa Bay and the Washington Post.
“They noted that they wanted to kill at least 15 people and were waiting in the bathroom to find smaller kids that they could overpower to be their victims,” Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall said at a press conferrence. “I believe that these two small children -- I’m going to call them small children, they are only 11 and 12 -- seriously sat down and plotted to do bodily harm to another student at school.”
The two girls apparently planned their attack over the weekend of Oct. 20-21. Among messages the girls sent to each other, the final one read, "Today is health lessens thank Satan we're doing this in a bit," according to a police report.
On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the girls took two knives, a knife sharpener, scissors, a pizza cutter, and a glass goblet with them in their backpacks to school.
After school started, however, a robocall was sent to one of the girls' mother inquiring why her daughter was not in school. The mother then called the school and said her daughter should be there.
School authorities contacted police and shortly thereafter the girls were located in a bathroom where they apparently were hiding and waiting for a potential victim. They were taken to the principal's office. Once there, police discovered the weapons in the girls' backpacks.
The two girls then "admitted to planning to kill students as they entered the bathroom," ABC Action News reported.
"When asked about motivation, the girls reportedly told police that they were Satan worshipers," reported ABC Action News. "According to police, the girls planned to drink their victims’ blood out of the goblet they were found with. They also discussed eating their victims' flesh and leaving body parts at the school's entrance before killing themselves."
According to the arrest affidavit, "Killing all of these students was in hopes it would make them worse sinners ensuring that after they committed suicide ... [they] would go to hell so they could be with Satan."
In a Facebook statement, Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall said, "I understand that the recent news of a plot to kill students at Bartow Middle School is troubling. In fact, it shook me to my core when I was notified of it. However, I want to make it clear that your children are our most precious citizens here in the City and we do everything we can, every single day to make sure our children are safe.
"I am very proud of the staff at Bartow Middle School and my staff at the Police Department for thwarting this plot from becoming a tragedy. There are several measures in place to make sure our children are safe and that ALL threats of violence are addressed. In this isolated incident, these protocols worked. I believe in these protocols and we will continue to follow them.
"Remember, if you see something, say something. It worked in this incident."
In addition to the conspiracy and weapon charges, the two girls were charged with disrupting a school campus. According to ABC Action News, the girls were still in police custody on Oct. 25. They reportedly will be expelled from the Bartow Middle School.