AVON PARK, Fla. (WGHP) -- Two Florida middle school students are facing felony charges for conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping after their arrests on Wednesday, WFTS reports.
According to arrest records, an Avon Park Middle School teacher noticed the 14-year-old girls acting “hysterical” while looking for a folder. The teacher told authorities she heard one of the teenagers say, “I’m just going to tell them it’s a prank if they call me or if they find it.”
“It doesn’t matter if they thought it was a joke. It’s not a joke. There’s no joking about something like this. You don’t make a joke about killing people. It’s not a joke,” said Scott Dressel with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.
The teacher found the folder and eight hand-written letters inside detailing the plans to kidnap and kill nine people, according to the records. The teacher notified the school resource deputy.
“I couldn’t imagine. She probably panicked and was scared, I would have been. I would have been out of my mind scared to see something like that, it’s just very sad,” said Ty King, a parent.
“Private info,” was written on the front of the folder. Along with, “Do not open,” and “Project 11/9.”
Records say the letters detailed how the teenagers would obtain guns to carry out the killings. They also went on to discuss transporting and disposing of the bodies, according to records.
“This is very sad. It’s troubling. You never know the thoughts running through the mind’s of kids” said King.