At 11:33 am the following post appeared on Open Salon.
i'm in tears right now in new media class. everyone says that i need to calm down but let's face it we're all gonna die. there's this guy in our school with a gun and multiple knives. and i'm pretty sure he has a bomb. so of course we're in lock down at our school. i've been in this class for EVER. i hope you guys don't think i'm crazy for crying.
okay sorry fro anyj spellinf mistakes i am freakingk out right now he's trtying to get in our clasroom!! ahhh!! i'm crying i'm bawling i'm gonna die!!!!
if i don't post anything for the next couple of days, i'm probably ddaed.
this might possibly be the last post the time i'll be signing off.
signing off, (hopefully not for good)
p.s. i love ya
After the second sentence I figured this message was a hoax, but there was a very slim chance it might be real. I checked all the news channels and did a few searches to see if any school in Missouri was reporting a lock down. None. The poster is a twelve or thirteen year-old girl who blogs rather frequently on OS. She lives in Missouri.
At 12:09 pm the following post popped up on OS.
I AM GOING TO DIE!!!
OK so there is this lockdown going on at our school and some guy with a gun is making threats but i dont anything cuz my class that im in is far away from the main office which is where i think he came in. Its storming like amd outside and I'm really freaking out so I'm doing this to calm down. I wanna climb out the window, but my teacher won't let us get up from our seats. SHe told us to stay calm and quiet and she is letting us stay on the computers. Gosh this is freakin scary. We heard a gunshot a minute ago. THere was only one but still what if he shot someone? This is freaky. I keep crying and mascara is running all over my face. THere are some sirens going on outside so at least the cops are here, but I just dont know whats gonna happen. I am so Frekaing scared! I gotta get off here now. I just gotta think about something else...
At 12:10 pm another post came up on OS.
OMG! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!
Omg, I'm really scared right now, someone came in our school, i'm in news media right now, and we're having a lockdown, there's scary guy on the loose and he has a gun and lots of knives! He's trying to get in the door right now, but we have like four doors before he can actually get in. It's storming right now too, so he flips out whenever the thunder starts up, and I don't know what's going to happen. This may be my first and last post. goodbye world!
It was obvious that these three teenagers were messaging from the same script and taking a crack at pranking, punking or hoaxing OSers. Still, I checked to see if any breaking news about a school lock down was on. There were lock downs in Florida, Minnesota, South Carolina, New York, Washington and Connecticut. But not in Missouri.
At 11:33 am, 12:09 pm and at 12:10 pm, three felonies took place on OS. Three reports of false reporting of violence from three teenage girls in Missouri.
I sat on this info all afternoon waiting for one of the girls to post anything, an apology, an excuse or a reason. At 6:13 pm this post post arrived.
ugh sorry guys!
i leave my computer logged in with my open salon account up in fourth hour and what do you know my friends write a story on mine. lovely. at least it was somewhat creative? anyways sorry about that.
i'm getting my haircut tomorrow. or atleast i'm supposed to be getting it cut. if not i'm going to be very mad. i sound spoiled lol
i really like the band boys like girls but the band called The Maine has the sweetest song ever, it's called Into Your Arms. it's so sweet. (:
oh i learned awesome tricks to do with string!!! i'm so cool. i made kati bowen hate me because her boyfriend was showing me how. but you know what, she can be mad at me all she wants because i do not like Brandon. He cutted in front of me and usually gives me bruises on my arms. so i don't think i could handle his "strength". lol
ohhh Ryan gave me three hugs in 6th hour i loved it!!! well except for the last one it was on the side and it kind of hurt my boob but oh well.
hannah thinks that i'm going to get a crush on ryan if i keep hugging him. i'm not really sure if that's such a good thing... i mean yeah i'll forget about david (which i kind have already) but.... what if the same thing happens. i mean ryan doesn't have tons of girls liking him but he still has a few... i don't know. i love his mom! she's awesome! ugh i want to like him so badly but i'm scared too.
P.S. i kind of sort of like ryan. ugh.
It is clear she is lying. The words in the first distress signal clearly match her writing style. Whatever Bart Simpson like prank call to Moes, or adolescent mischief ensued after reading The Boy Who Cried Wolf, these girls entered a whole new league with this crime...this felony.
And I am running out of the alloted space. Hopefully this will be extended in the comments.