It's not unusual for people to get ideas that they decide to use in their real lives from movies or TV shows. And, as we know, sometimes those ideas are simply not things one should take part of in the real world. Well, in a case of life imitating art in a bad way, two students are now in a whole lot of trouble for making some Pretty Little Liars-stye threats against their high school.
Police in Piqua, Ohio say that classes had to be canceled last Thursday after two teenage girls, aged 14 and 15, made threats against Piqua High School in a manner similar to what could be found on the Freeform show Pretty Little Liars. The school, which is about 85 miles west of Columbus, Ohio, granted students early dismissal Thursday and also canceled classes altogether on Friday while they investigated the threats. According to the Associated Press, police say that the 15-year-old made a Snapchat account posing as "A" that she used to post threats about revealing students' secrets, which then led a rumor to circulate that there would be a shooting at the school. After the Snapchat posts, the 14-year-old then wrote a threatening message on a bathroom mirror at school, which said "I'm still going to shoot up the school. A." Both teens have been arrested and charged in juvenile court for the threats.
Any Pretty Little Liars fan knows how significant posing as someone known only as "A" is. Throughout most of the teen drama, "A" sends the main characters a wide variety of messages that taunt and threaten them with the exposure of their secrets and also with bodily harm to them and those they care about. "A" frequently used text messages sent to their phones, but also sent letters, notes and handwritten messages in places where the girls at the center of the story could easily see the threats.
Right now, there's no word on why the two teens decided to make the threats against their school or on what type of punishment they could be in for should they be found guilty of the charges. However, it does appear that the girls didn't actually have anything that was truly dangerous planned for their classmates, which, I'm sure, is a relief not only for those in charge at their school and their fellow students, but the girls' parents, as well. A lot of insane things happened on Pretty Little Liars, which ended its seven season run earlier this year, and the activities of that show are not ones you'd want anyone to imitate in your immediate vicinity.
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For now, we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the perpetrators have been caught, and that these Pretty Little Liars threats won't continue.