ByRyan Saavedra

Florida law enforcement officials said on Wednesday that they foiled a plot by two Satan-worshipping middle school girls this week who planned to kill over a dozen smaller children, eat their flesh, and then drink their blood.

The 6th and 7th-grade girls, ages 11 and 12 respectively, were arrested at Bartow Middle School on Tuesday after they brought weapons to the school and admitted to plotting the attack. ABC Action News reports:

When asked about motivation, the girls reportedly told police that they were Satan worshipers. According to police, the girls planned to drink their victims’ blood out of the goblet they were found with. They also discussed eating their victims’ flesh and leaving body parts at the school’s entrance before killing themselves.

“They noted that they wanted to kill at least 15 people and were waiting in the bathroom to find smaller kids that they could overpower to be their victims,” Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall said. “I believe that these two small children, I’m going to call them small children, they are only 11 and 12, seriously sat down and plotted to do bodily harm to another student at school.”

Authorities were warned that “something bad” would happen at the school on Tuesday after a student warned a teacher on Monday that they overheard one of the girls talking about the planned attack.

The school, which summoned extra police officers to the school to deal with the threat, found the two girls in the bathroom after one of the girl’s mothers called the school in response to receiving a robocall alerting her that her daughter was not at school, which triggered a campus-wide search for her.

“Once in the principal’s office, the girls were told to empty their pockets, which revealed a knife and knife sharpener,” ABC Action News added. “After that, their bags were searched, and several weapons including a pizza cutter and butcher knife were found on the girls. The two admitted to planning to kill students as they entered the bathroom.”

The girls, who remain locked up, were charged with “conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon on school property, and disrupting a school campus.”

In response to the incident, the Bartow Police Department released the following statement:

Parents and guardians of children in our Bartow Schools: I understand that the recent news of a plot to kill students at Bartow Middle School is troubling. In fact, it shook me to my core when I was notified of it. However, I want to make it clear that your children are our most precious citizens here in the City and we do everything we can, every single day to make sure our children are safe. We work very closely with the Polk County School Board and I want to assure you that I will do everything in my power to ensure safety.

I am very proud of the staff at Bartow Middle School and my staff at the Police Department for thwarting this plot from becoming a tragedy. There are several measures in place to make sure our children are safe and that ALL threats of violence are addressed. In this isolated incident, these protocols worked. I believe in these protocols and we will continue to follow them.

Remember, if you see something, say something. It worked in this incident.