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A 12-year-old girl in Virginia is facing criminal charges after appearing to threaten her school in an Instagram post – using emojis.

Whether emojis – icons that have been popularized in recent years with the rise of smartphones – can be considered a legitimate threat is now being contested in the courts.

In this case, the middle school student is said to have posted a picture on Instagram back in December, using the bomb, gun and knife emojis displayed above.

Her message also included the words “killing” and “meet me in the library Tuesday.” 

The Associated Press reports:

According to a search warrant, the girl acknowledges she posted the messages under another student’s name. She’s charged with threatening the school and computer harassment.

Her mother says the girl posted the messages in response to being bullied in school, and is “a good kid’ who’s “never been in trouble.” The mother says the girl shouldn’t have been charged.

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