Judge Bans Orange High Suspects from Facebook, Twitter

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Three teens from Orange High School faced a judge for the first time since they were charged in connection with a series of bomb threats.

Back in November, Orange High School shut down for three days in a row after school administrators received threatening emails that were sent through an encrypted online server.

Monday morning, three students were arraigned before Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Russo.

All three boys, ages 16 and 17, entered a not guilty plea to charges of inducing panic, telecommunications harassment and possession of criminal tools.

At the request of prosecutors, the judge ordered the teens not to talk to any potential witnesses and restricted them from using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter until this case is resolved.

"(The students) were or are able to hack Facebook accounts and they were using other people's names in an attempt to divert attention away from themselves from being suspects in this case," said Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Horn. "It's only because the defendants were talking to other kids that was the case was able to be solved," said Horn.

The teens are scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 29 for a pretrial hearing.

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