Rumors regarding a potential incident planned for Friday involving Harford County schools are unfounded, Harford County Public Schools said in a robo-call which went out Thursday evening.
School system security chief Bob Benedetto told The Dagger that rumors that someone would bring a gun to school were “not valid in Harford County.” The rumors spread on social media following an incident in Anne Arundel County, he said, leading to confusion locally.
The text of the robo-call follows:
Good evening. This is Harford County Public Schools Manager of Communications Teri Kranefeld. As you may be aware, rumors have begun to surface via media and social media regarding tomorrow, Friday, December 21st.
All rumors related to Harford County Public Schools are immediately investigated for credibility by our Safety and Security Office and local law enforcement agencies. At this time, none of the rumors have been deemed credible however we will remain vigilant in investigating all rumors.
Please know that Harford County Public Schools is working with law enforcement agencies, as a precaution, to provide an increased police presence around schools throughout the day tomorrow. While you may physically see some of the police presence, other security measures will not be visible by design. Middle and high schools will operate on a normal schedule with a scheduled elementary early dismissal tomorrow.
Please assist us in managing any rumors by talking with your child about responsible social media use, if appropriate, as rumors originate in that forum and can cause undue stress on the school community. Thank you in advance for your cooperation, together we can help keep our schools a safe and comfortable learning environment for our children. This is Teri Kranefeld for Harford County Public Schools.