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Watertown girl faces felony charge for allegedly threatening school

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JUNU: A 17-year-old girl from Watertown who made her preliminary appearance in court on Monday has been accused of sending messages on Snapchat threatening people not to attend school.

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Elizabeth Higgins has been charged with one felony count of making terroristic threats and one misdemeanor count of resisting an officer. If found guilty in both cases, he could face up to four years in prison.

Higgins appeared before Dodge County Court Commissioner Steven Semm on Monday and was held on a $1,000 signature bond. According to the terms of her bond, she cannot or will not use a cellular device under any circumstances and does not use a computer except to carry out school work.

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According to the criminal complaint, Watertown police became aware of the threat Friday morning after an anonymous tip was given about a Snapchat photo. The picture was of three assault rifles in an open gun case that read, “Yeah, don’t come to school tomorrow.” Police were able to determine that the message had come from Higgins.

The school’s resource officer informed the school’s assistant principal and superintendent, and Higgins was taken to the main office upon entering the school. According to the criminal complaint, several students were afraid to come to school that day because of the Snapchat message. Higgins didn’t give a lot of information to the police, but said she didn’t want to get friends into trouble. She said the photo was fake and was not a legitimate threat and that the phone she was using was that of a friend.

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