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15-year-old girl charged over chat threat

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12:17 CEST+02:00
A 15-year-old girl from Arlöv in southern Sweden has been charged with threatening to kill a schoolmate while they were chatting on the internet. The girl has admitted to the charge but also added that she had no intention of carrying out the threat.

According to police, the victim of the threat has long been bullied and harassed by a number of other pupils. The worst of the threats was made on the internet in the middle of February, Sydsvenskan reports.

When questioned by police the 15-year-old schoolgirl said that she had been surfing the internet at a friend's house when she received a message from a girl she preferred to avoid.

The second time the word "hi" popped up on the screen, she began an exchange that ended with her threatening to kill the other girl if she came to school the next day. Having referred to her schoolmate as a "bitch" and a "whore", she added that the other girl "never dared to come to school" anyway.

Aftonbladet reports that the victim of the bullying did stop going to school after the 15-year-old threatened to kill her. Her absence from school then became the cause of further internet harassment.

Because of her young age, the girl is likely to be fined rather than face the maximum one-year prison sentence for threats of this nature.

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