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12-year-olds confess to mapping out attack on students, staff at Ohio school

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UTICA, Ohio (AP) — Police say two central Ohio sixth-graders are charged as juveniles with aggravated menacing after students overheard them talking about taking children and teachers hostage and cutting the throats of faculty members, such as the principal.

Utica Police Chief Cliff Bigler says the 12-year-old boys were detained and confessed after an alarmed student told the principal what they allegedly discussed Friday at Utica Elementary.

Bigler tells The Columbus Dispatch that one of the boys had mapped out a plan to take over the office and retreat to the cafeteria at the school, about 35 miles northeast of Columbus.

North Fork schools Superintendent Scott Hartley told the newspaper an expulsion hearing for the boys is scheduled Thursday. One lives in Utica, and the other is from St. Louisville.

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