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Published: Friday, 3/17/2006

Waite students face hearing for violent writings

Two Waite High School students will have Toledo Public Schools district disciplinary hearings today after they were arrested for writings that were violent and referred to killing and torturing people, police and school authorities said.

The East Toledo girls, ages 15 and 17, were released to their parent or guardian after detention hearings yesterday in Lucas County Juvenile Court on charges of violating the safe-school ordinance.

Their next court hearings are scheduled for April 19.

Police said a teacher at the school, 301 Morrison Drive, found a letter on her classroom floor written by two girls that was violent and referred to "easily showing up Columbine and doing a lot more damage." The teacher found the letter about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The Toledo police school resource officer was made aware of the letter and detained and questioned both girls. Further investigation at the school revealed more writings referring to killing and torturing people, police said.

John Foley, the school district's chief of staff, said a two-page note with two different sets of handwriting was found and included things said "about their acts of prior violence." He said there were no specific people or groups targeted and no means to carry out the threats.

Nonetheless, Mr. Foley said, "We don't take these things lightly."

Police said the girls' parents or guardians were contacted and told of the situation. They were concerned and conducted searches of the girls' bedrooms and homes, but told police nothing else was found.

Both girls said the writings were a joke they were playing on the teacher who found the letter because of discipline the teacher had given them earlier in the week.

Mr. Foley said he did not know what the discipline was for and said he believed the girls were in the ninth grade.

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