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Facebook posts lead to criminal charges for 8th-graders

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A conversation on Facebook has led to criminal charges against two 13-year-old students in New Milford, Conn.

An 8th-grade boy at Schaghticoke Middle School threatened an administrator on Facebook, then a female student responded by suggesting they bomb the school, police told the Danbury News-Times.

The boy is charged with disorderly conduct and threatening. The girl is charged with second-degree breach of peace and threatening. Both have also been suspended.

The boy's mother tells the News-Times that the two deserve to be punished, but should not face criminal charges because there was no "plot" to harm anyone.

"If I was arrested every time I told my children I was going to kill them because they didn't do what I asked, I'd be on death row," she said.

A parent who saw the comments online reported them to the school, reports the Times-News.

Superintendent JeanAnn Paddyfote told the newspaper she has not decided whether she will recommend that one, or both, students be expelled. School board policy does say that students can be held accountable for such postings, she said.