Canadian 'Mounties' alert Baltimore to school threat

A Baltimore student's tweet raised red flags 3,000 miles away this week, spurring a local investigation into a possible threat to a city high school, city police confirmed Thursday.

Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the city's police department, said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police alerted the department Wednesday to the Twitter post, which he described as "a threat indicating an individual was threatening to do harm" at Forest Park High School.

Officials did not release details about the nature of the threat.

Police searched the home, in the Gilmore Homes housing project, of the 15-year-old who was identified through his Twitter account — and who was not charged with a crime.

The search yielded no weapons, Guglielmi said, and the threat was deemed unfounded. Police did, however, find "green plant material in various forms of packaging," he said.

He said the boy was interviewed by prosecutors and detectives, and his case referred to juvenile court for counseling and monitoring.

Guglielmi said the notification from police counterparts in Canada reflected a heightened vigilance and partnership among law enforcement officials in the wake of a string of violent school incidents, particularly the massacre of 20 children and six educators at a Newton, Conn., elementary school last month.

"What people need to know is that there are a lot of eyes watching," he said. "Given the state of awareness we're all in, people can now have assurance that law enforcement from around the world are trying to protect us from these tragedies."

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