BARTOW, Fla. – Two middle school girls in Florida were arrested Tuesday after they concocted a “plot to kill students” using a variety of weapons, including a pizza cutter, police said.
The 11 and 12-year-old girls “wanted to kill at least 15 people,” Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall said at a news conference Wednesday.
The two “were waiting in the bathroom for (an) opportunity to find smaller kids that they could overpower to be their victims.”
Both girls were searched in a Bartow Middle School office, where a butcher knife was located on one of the students. Knives, scissors and a pizza cutter were also found, reported Fox 13.
The girls admitted to investigators that they were “Satan-worshippers.” Moreover, the girls said, “They were willing to drink blood, and possibly eat flesh,” according to the chief.
“As I sat there last night [and] watched these interviews, I do not believe this was a joke,” Hall said.
After the girls were taken into custody, authorities searched their respective homes. As a result, they discovered additional attack plans. One piece of evidence included a hand-drawn map of the school. It was reportedly discovered with the words, “Go to kill in bathroom,” written on top of it.
One of the text messages exchanged in a conversation found by authorities reportedly read: “We will leave body parts at the entrance and then we will kill ourselves.”
In a statement posted to Facebook, Hall said no one was harmed in the incident, and thanked school staff for “thwarting this plot from becoming a tragedy.”
Furthermore, the police chief said that all safety protocols put in place worked on Tuesday, and reiterated the key law enforcement phrase: “If you see something, say something.”
“It worked in this incident,” he said.