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Murder plot lands 3 middle-schoolers in jail

Two boys and a girl were involved
March 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities in DeLand, Florida, say three middle school students have been charged with plotting to kill their classmates and themselves. Police say two boys and a girl, all 13, were taken into custody shortly after the plan was discovered on March 5th. Their mental health was evaluated before they were transferred Friday to a juvenile detention center.

Investigators say the alleged ringleader had exchanged instant messages with a DeLand Middle School classmate, saying: "I will kill every person I see. ... Everyone will pay for what they did to me."

Authorities say the student, who claimed he was being teased and picked on by other students, threatened to lock the cafeteria doors during lunch and shoot everyone in sight.

The classmate was so disturbed, she sent the messages to a family member, who contacted the sheriff's office.


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