From Harford County Public Schools:
This morning, school administrators were made aware of a general threat to Aberdeen Middle School posted on social media. The Aberdeen Police Department and the school system’s Director of Safety and Security were notified and are currently working together to investigate the post and maintain a secure environment at our school today.
All appropriate actions were taken immediately, and the safety of our students and staff remains the utmost priority.
As a precaution, Aberdeen Middle School is currently in a modified lockdown as the investigation continues. A modified lockdown allows normal school activities to continue; however, no students are allowed outside, and there is restricted access to enter the building.
The school will notify its community when the lockdown is lifted.
From the Aberdeen Police Department:
Social Media Threat Investigated
On December 19, 2017, just before 7:30 AM, the Aberdeen Police Department received information of a social media threat on Instagram about a shooting at Aberdeen Middle School.
The School Resource Officer and Chief of Safety and Security for Harford County Public Schools were immediately notified and an investigation commenced. The investigation revealed that an unknown person sent a message to several students through a new social media application called “Sarahah.” The app is based in another country; however, it can be linked to ones Instagram account.
After exhausting all means, this threat was determined to be non-credible. The school was placed on a modified lockdown and access to the building was limited and monitored. Classes did operate normal.
Anyone with information of who may have sent this threat to students is urged to contact Detective D. Testerman or SRO J. Neidig at 410-272-2121.