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2 teen girls accused of making bomb threat at Gilbert H.S.


Two 15-year-old girls are accused of communicating a bomb threat after Gilbert High School was evacuated Thursday. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says they told investigators they wanted to try to get classes canceled for the day.

Students were evacuated from the school around 10:45 a.m. after the district received word of the threat. District spokesperson Mary Beth Hill says deputies with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department arrived at the scene a short time later.

Sheriff Metts says the 15-year-old girls were students at the school and they sent text messages to another student's cell phone about the bomb threat at about 10:15 a.m. Metts says the school resource officer determined the girls did not have the means to carry out the threats.

Gilbert High parents were alerted about the evacuation.

This is the second time in two days district officials have had to investigate a rumored threat sent around via students.

On Wednesday, school administrators say two distinct electronic threats turned out to be rumors. Metts said investigators determined one of the girls also communicated a bomb threat on Tuesday by sending text messages to two students.

Metts said the girls were released to the custody of their parents and investigators will recommend they be prosecuted in family court.

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