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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.
Summer is a time when it’s more likely friends will have sleepovers. Days are long. School’s on break. Parents usual relax curfews.
Although the case research I’m sharing in this post didn’t occur during the summer, it should serve as a reminder to parents—never drop your guard.
BLOG POST #154: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving three middle school girls.
Shortly after the new school year had begun, one young teenager was sleeping over at her friend’s house. They watched TV and chatted about boys. The typical stuff you’d expect 13-year-old girls to do.
Unbeknownst to the girl who had invited the friend to spend the night, it was a ruse—you might say.
On Monday, after the sleepover, school security learned the so-called ‘friend’ plotted a few days earlier to kill the girl who’d invited the friend to spend the night .
If you’re like me, you’re asking what would drive 13-year-old girls to kill. Apparently, it doesn’t take much these days.
The intended victim had previously attended school in the school district but left in the third grade. Transferring back was not much different than never attending there at all. She had to make new friends.
One of the friends she made was a boy, he liked her. Unfortunately for her, the boy was the ex-boyfriend of one of the alleged co-conspirators.
The Day Of Reckoning
The eighth-grade girls reportedly brought knives to schools and plotted to lure the new friend into the woods where they planned to kill her and dump her body into a creek. The sheriff believed the motive to be jealousy.
Both girls were arrested and charged with felony conspiracy to commit murder. Due to this case remaining in juvenile court, it’s unknown what consequences may have resulted from their actions.
The intended victim lucked out. Too often, children succeed in killing other children. There are cases where a child accidentally kills another child. It’s the disturbing cases with intent and success that truly boggle the mind. Were there warning signs parents may have missed? I’m sure all the parents involved in this case wonder the same thing.
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