Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating a threat called into the office at Westminster West Middle School, after completing a search of the school building to find no threats to safety, according to a tweet from Sheriff's Office.

As of 11:20 a.m. students were reentering the building, according to Carroll County Public Schools spokeswoman Carey Gaddis.


Parents were notified this morning that the school's administration received a bomb threat to the building, and under the direction of the supervisor of school security and as a precautionary measure, the school building was evacuated and students were moved to William Winchester Elementary School, according to a notice sent to parents.

At least eight schools in New Jersey, at least six schools in Massachusetts and one school in Wicomico County received bomb threats this morning. Some included threats of a mass shooting following a bomb detonating in the school, according to reports from local news organizations.

Maj. Charles Rapp with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office could not say if Tuesday's threat was an automated call, but if it follows the pattern, it most likely is, he said.

Other jurisdictions are reporting that they hear delays and someone typing when they have been able to communicate with the person making the call, Rapp said.

Last week, automated bomb threats were received at Winters Mill High and Cranberry Station Elementary schools, and by Carroll Hospital as well. Several schools in other Maryland jurisdictions as well as in Delaware and Virginia also received bomb threats last week, according to local reports. All were determined by police to be hoaxes.

While the county has seen a string of bomb threats in the past, it is unusual to see multiple bomb threats at schools across states, said Cpl. Jonathan Light with the Sheriff's Office.

"I don't remember ever seeing a regional event like we've seen the past two weeks," Light said.

The Sheriff's Office is talking with other states and the FBI about the bomb threats in hopes that it can track who is making the threats to the schools, Rapp said.

"[Bomb threats are] becoming a bit of a challenge not just for Carroll County, but for school systems across the state, and in other states as well," said Duane Williams, CCPS supervisor of school security and emergency management. "All of us want to get to the bottom of it."

At this time, the FBI is not investigating the threats, said Amy Thoreson, a public affairs specialist with the FBI's Baltimore field office.