The Baltimore County Public School district did not release information about the specific nature of the threat, but WMAR-TV (ABC affiliate) reported that one parent who received an email from the district said the email “mentioned a potential shooting at the school.” Posts on social media confirm this information.
As Voxitatis reported, “swatting” threats such as this have increased during the current school year, but the reason for the increase has not been reported. In this case, law enforcement officials said they believe the threat originated outside the United States.
Police presence at the school was stepped up as a result of the threat, with police and school officials saying they take all threats seriously and advise everyone associated with the school to remain vigilant.
County police are working with federal agencies, such as the FBI, to identify the person or persons responsible for making the threat, CBS reported.