A Facebook page entitled “Attack a Teacher Day” leads to the arrest of 6 middle school students. The invitation page did not contain a specific threat, but said the event was to take place on Friday from 7:00 – 9:00 AM. School officials were notified Wednesday by a parent whose child was invited to participate. The say parents of the suspects were quick to react and help take down the page immediately.
All of the suspects are girls. Five attend Carson Middle School; one goes to Eagle Valley Middle School. Officials say they are all good girls, who made a very big mistake. The girls said the page was intended to be a joke, but Sheriff Ken Furlong says any threat made in person or on the internet must be taken seriously. "It's not funny in our society anymore, and it's not a joke anymore.” says Furlong. “The children involved may have had some innocent thoughts behind it, but it prompts behaviors by others that may not have been so innocent."
Thursday night a message was sent to the parents of both schools informing them of the incident, and urging online safety. The students, who were arrested Wednesday, were released later the same day into the custody of their parents. They also received suspensions ranging from 3 to 5 days.