Cranberry Station Elementary School was among at least eight public schools in Maryland that were evacuated after receiving threats Monday, and at least nine other schools in neighboring Delaware and Virginia received similar threats..

The Westminster school was evacuated shortly before 11 a.m. Monday morning after a staff member received an automated phone call about a bomb threat.

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Students were evacuated around 10:50 a.m. while police investigated the school, according to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

Police checked inside and outside of the building but did not find any threat, said Cpl. Jonathan Light, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

After police finished the investigation, students were allowed back in, Carroll County Public Schools spokeswoman Carey Gaddis said. She was not sure how long students were evacuated, but said she did not think it was very long.

"Not with Cranberry Station, but several times a year, at least several times a year, we get a bomb threat or some type of threat," Gaddis said.

The bomb threat may have be linked to several other automated calls made about bomb threats in schools across Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.

"We are aware of eight schools that got the call around Maryland," Gaddis said.

Various news outlets reported bomb threats were made at Orchard Grove Elementary School in Frederick County, South Hagerstown High School in Washington County, Southampton Middle School in Harford County, Lexington Park Elementary School in St. Mary's County, Easton Elementary School in Talbot County, Parkside High School in Wicomico County and Parkdale High School in Prince George's County.

The threats were also received at two Virginia schools and seven schools in Delaware, according to local media reports in those areas.

A spokeswoman at the Washington, D.C. FBI field office said it was aware of the Gainsville bomb threat and Prince George's County police were investigating. Baltimore FBI spokeswoman Amy Thoreson was not able to return calls for comment in time of publication.

Anyone with information about the threatening call is asked to contact Detective Ehrhart at 410-386-2499 or at jehrhart@ccg.carr.org. People can also call the Anonymous TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP (8477).

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