Three 8th grade San Jose students were suspended after they allegedly posted comments on Facebook with threats to kill a girl and “teach her a lesson.”

In a statement sent to NBC Bay Area on Wednesday, the Evergreen School District confirmed that “a few students were sending inappropriate and threatening messages” to a child “via Facebook.” Because the threats had a potential impact on campus, school administrators “appropriately investigated” the matter, and police were notified.

San Jose Police Officer Jose Garcia said officers arrived at school Wednesday to check out the Facebook threats. The three girls were suspended and two were also cited for making criminal threats. They were released to their parents.

Cyber bullying, where people make threats on the Internet and through technology, is a troubling growing trend. There have been several high-profile cases where the teasing and threats have gotten so bad that children have taken their own lives.

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