Chesapeake Science Point school in Hanover went on lockdown for two hours on Thursday after a student received threatening texts.
The student received a message from a number they did not recognize around 9:20 a.m. with a reference to something happening in the classroom, a letter sent home from principal Dwight Jefferson said.
When the student asked who the message was from, the sender made more references to the classroom activity, the letter stated.
After the student told a teacher, the class was moved into the hallway and administration was notified.
“While we had no specific threat, the second text message was considered threatening in nature,” Jefferson wrote. “Therefore, I made the decision to put the school on lockdown and to call police.”
Around 10:45, the school transitioned to a lockout status, where normal activities resumed and students could move from class to class while no one was allowed in or out of the building.
By 11:15, normal activities resumed.
Parents were notified by text, call and email as lockdown, lockout and all clear statues changed, county schools spokesman Bob Mosier said.
Police and school officials spent the day investigating the messages and searching the area, but nothing else suspicious was found, Mosier said.
There have been a dozen incidents involving threats to schools since the shooting in Florida occurred on Feb. 14, Mosier said.
“It’s very frustrating, very time consuming, very expensive considering the amount of time and resources spent on things like this. And just unnecessary,” Mosier said. “It’s just not funny. We’ve got to take every one of them seriously.”
County Executive Steve Schuh unveiled a two-year, $14.8 million plan Tuesday that would boost school security with more officers, more secure doors and bulletproof shields.
Staff writer Rachael Pacella contributed to this report.