PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) _ Peachtree City police have arrested two teenage girls on charges of making terroristic threats against students at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City.
Authorities say the two, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, are accused of threatening to take guns to the school, kill as many students as possible and then kill themselves. Police say the two talked about the plan on the Internet and in the community.
The two were arrested Monday and taken to a youth detention center in neighboring Clayton County.
The 16-year-old is a student at McIntosh, which has a student body of about 1,600. Police say the other 15-year-old had been enrolled in the Fayette County School System but was being home schooled.
Peachtree City Police Chief James Murray says authorities take such threats seriously. ``This day and age when anybody's discussing situations involving school, guns and suicide, it's a serious matter,'' he said.
Police say a student spotted the discussion on MySpace.com and reported it to a grandparent, who notified authorities.
The investigation began Saturday, the same day a homecoming dance was held in the school gymnasium.
The U.S. Department of Education named McIntosh High School as a 2007 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for student achievement. Students typically arrive by golf cart at the school in the city south of Atlanta which has more than 100 miles of golf cart paths.
School officials plan to notify parents by letter today about the arrests.