Maryland Law Enforcement Investigate Social Media Rumors of School Violence

Thursday, Dec 20, 2012  |  Updated 6:03 PM EDT
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Law enforcement in two Maryland counties have investigated school threats rumored on social media this week.

Anne Arundel County police are working to dispel rumors of threats of possible school violence that are spreading on social media. The rumors on Facebook and Twitter claimed possible acts of violence would be coming to 20 county schools Friday, police said. Their investigation has turned up no credible threats.

School Superintendent Kevin Maxwell told WBAL-TV that schools were safe and officials are reviewing system-wide security plans. But Maxwell said it will be a personal decision if parents decide to keep their children home on Friday.

In Frederick County, the sheriff’s office investigated similar social media threats to several Frederick County schools Thursday. The threats were not substantiated.

“I want to assure the public that we are doing everything we can to work closely with the school system and to make sure that schools are safe for Frederick County students,” Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said. “Over the past week, we have increased our presence in and around schools and will continue to be vigilant in investigating any credible threats.”

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