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Teens charged as juveniles in school shooting plot

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Two teenage girls accused of planning a shooting at Marysville High School are making their way through the court system.

Union County Assistant Prosecutor Melissa Chase said the girls, ages 14 and 15, are in the beginning stages of the legal process, but both face criminal charges.

Union County Prosecutor David Phillips said via email that formal complaints were filed Feb. 7. Both girls are charged with soliciting or providing support for acts of terrorism. They are being charged as juveniles.

"The allegation is that they are delinquent by reason of committing an act which, if committed by an adult, would be a felony offense. While the crime is a third-degree felony if committed by an adult, the penalties are not the same as for an adult felony offense," Phillips said via email. "The juveniles can be committed to the custody of the Department of Youth Services for a term of six months to age 21 if found to be delinquent."

Chase said both students have legal counsel. The prosecutor's office has received a discovery request from one of the girl's lawyers.

Both girls are being detained, but Chase said a protective order prevents additional information -- including their location -- from being released.

The 15-year-old was arrested Feb. 3 and taken to the Central Ohio Youth Center on state Route 4 after police received a call shortly after 3 p.m. from a 15-year-old boy. He said he had been approached by two freshman girls who asked him about supplying firearms for a school shooting.

The 14-year-old was taken to Memorial Hospital of Union County for an evaluation out of concern for her safety after comments she made during and after an interview, police have said.

Marysville High School Principal Aaron Cook said earlier this month that students and staff were not in any danger and that the district would handle the incident according to disciplinary protocol in the student code of conduct.

Chase said once the 14-year-old has been arraigned, the cases would move into the pretrial process. She said no court dates have yet been scheduled.

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