Anne Arundel police charge ninth-grader in shooting threat at Broadneck High

Phil Davis

Anne Arundel County police have charged a ninth-grader at Broadneck High School with threatening mass violence after he allegedly threatened a shooting at the school Tuesday morning.

A police spokesman said the ninth-grader also was charged as a juvenile with disturbing school activities.

In a letter sent home to parents, Principal James Todd said the threat came from a student at the school who later said the call was made as a prank.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools wrote on social media that school officials had been working with county police in investigating the threat, which was made Monday night.

The school system wrote police “have not found any credibility to the threat” and while the department stationed extra officers at the school, it still opened on time Tuesday morning.

By Tuesday afternoon, school officials said they’d identified the student who made the call and were taking disciplinary action.

“In addition to charges forthcoming from police, we have taken appropriate disciplinary action with regard to the student involved,” Todd wrote.

As schools across the county have dealt with a growing number of threats made on social media or over the phone, school and law enforcement officials have stressed that many of them turn out to be hoaxes or pranks which still disrupt school activities.

“I cannot emphasize enough how seriously our school, our school system and police take these matters,” Todd wrote. “Significant manpower was deployed throughout the night and today not only to investigate this matter, but to help ensure that our students and staff were safe in our school today.”

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