Teen Girls Make Shooting Threats Inspired By Plot From 'Pretty Little Liars' And Shut Down School

"I'm still going to shoot up the school. A."

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Fans of the show Pretty Little Liars know about the cryptic person "A" who sends anonymous messages to torment a group of teenage girls. According to Time, high school girls in Ohio were inspired by the show and created threatening texts to bully classmates with a school shooting.

A 15-year-old at Piqua High School created a Snapchat account using the letter “A." She posted threats about exposing people's secrets—which follows the storyline of the hit show—and fueling rumors about a school shooting. A 14-year-old then wrote, “I’m still going to shoot up the school. A." on a bathroom mirror. The threats caused the school to be dismissed early on Thursday. Classes were also cancelled on Friday. 

Authorities have arrested the teenagers behind the pranks and charged them in juvenile court for the threats.

Pretty Little Liars was a teen drama mystery show based upon the book of the same name.  Premiering in 2010, the show ended on June 27 of this year and starred Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario and Ashley Benson (seen above) as the original group of teens being abused by the mysterious "A."

With stylish fashion and plotlines that dealt with sexuality, drug use and death, the show struck a chord with teens. "It allowed us to get sexy in a way we hadn't before and it opened the door to a more sophisticated kind of programming," shared the former president of ABC Family. 

At one point, the show garnered nearly 4 million viewers. 

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