Killer High School Friends

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #184: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving three high school friends.

She was a 16-year-old honors student living in a small close-knit community when she went missing. After her parents reviewed the security video from their apartment complex, they saw she’d slipped out her bedroom window and got into the back seat of a car. The video was too grainy to see make, model, or license plate number.

Besties No More

Once best friends, the friendship between the threesome had crumbled. Two girls were fearful the third would tell others their sensitive and embarrassing secrets. So they concocted a detailed plan to kill their ex-friend and then they executed the murder.

The girls borrowed a car, packed towels, cleaning supplies, fresh clothes, shovels and knives into the trunk before they coaxed their “friend” to sneak out and go somewhere to smoke marijuana with them.

Lies and More Lies

As days turned to weeks, and then months with no sign of their daughter, her parents held on to hope she would return. The two friends kept up with their story that they didn’t know where she’d gone. They’d post on social media how much they missed her and beg her to come home.

Her parents considered the friends extended family. You know how friends are at that age, one weekend they’d stay at one girl’s house the next weekend at another’s.

Finally, the burden of keeping the secret became too much for one of the girls. She voluntarily went to the police and confessed. She also told the authorities where they had left the body. The other friend denied her involvement.

Big Girl Consequences

For more than six months, her body was 30 miles from home across the state line under a pile of branches and vegetation debris.

Both girls were charged, and their cases transferred to adult court.

Once their horrific act went public, the murdered girl’s parents were shocked how easily the girls had lied to them and pretended to care about their daughter’s disappearance.

The girl who had confessed pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The judge sentenced her to 30 years in prison.

The week before her trial was scheduled to begin, the “mastermind” pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. The judge sentenced her to life in prison. She’ll be eligible for parole after 15 years.

Gone But Not Forgotten

After losing a child to a violent crime, I’m sure it’s difficult for parents to heal. Almost every night for more than six years, the mother of the girl murdered in this case has posted a good night message to her daughter on social media.

Sadly, this type of crime is not an isolated incident. You may have missed this similar case: Cold-Blooded Vengeance

My heart hurts for all family and friends who’ve lost a loved one to a violent crime.

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Children Charged As Adults

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This week, you may have heard four of the five high school boys who made the news in November 2018, for the alleged hazing incident where boys were sexually assaulted in the locker room are being charged as adults.

I’m sure the families of these boys were shocked by the allegation and now frightened their children may go to prison.

Sadly, this is not an isolated case. You may have missed two posts I did on similar crimes. I’ll be sure to summarize the outcome of the current case once it’s known.

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The Tormented Turned Killer

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School violence is so sad and can have a lasting impact on all involved. My heart aches for anyone who has lost a loved one or friend to school violence.

BLOG POST #132: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving two high school boys.

Not My Son

According to one family, their 15-year-old son had been bullied, and they told him to stand up for himself. The other family said their 16-year-old son and only child was not a bully. A female student told her father she witnessed the 15-year-old boy constantly being picked on by the 16-year-old.

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Trigger Word

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BLOG POST #74: Hold on tight and be forewarned, this week the research topic is gruesome.

Security video showed the young high school math teacher leave her classroom and innocently walked down the hall to a female restroom.

The video also showed a 14-year-old male student leave the same classroom behind the teacher, pull his hoody onto his head and follow her into the restroom.

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Gangs in Schools

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BLOG POST #73: This week I’m sharing my research on a criminal case involving gang activity at a high school.

Before school began, students gathered in the cafeteria. A fight between two boys broke out, one boy staggered from the cafeteria and collapsed in the hallway. Some students attempted to carry him to the front to await emergency responders. He died before help arrived.

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