Police identify person who made social media post threatening shooting at Mt. Hebron High

After a threatening message to “shoot up” Mt. Hebron High School was posted on social media last night, Howard County school officials said Monday they’re working with the police, who have identified a student who made the threat.

The message was part of an exchange on Instagram. Members of the Ellicott City Happenings Facebook page took a screenshot of the message and alerted Mt. Hebron principal Joelle Miller as well as police.

Around 9:40 p.m. Sunday, Miller sent an email to parents, saying that the school’s resource officer and Howard County police were investigating the “inappropriate message.”

At noon Monday, school spokesman Brian Bassett said the police department is reviewing the case.

“There was a threatening statement posted on social media that school officials and Howard County police were investigating,” Bassett said. “The source of the post has been identified and any potential threat resolved.”

Miller sent a follow-up email to parents around 9:30 this morning, saying that the school system’s Central Office personnel, Mt. Hebron administrative team and police officers were at the school this morning to great students and staff.

“The police and I met with the involved student and the family this morning and appropriate measures have been put into place,” Miller said in the email.

Sherry Llewellyn, a spokeswoman for the police department, said they determined the posting was “not a credible threat and there was no evidence of criminal activity.”

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