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South Carroll High put on lockdown due to unspecified threat

Sheriff's deputies facilitated a controlled dismissal of South Carroll High School on Wednesday afternoon after the school was placed on lockdown after a nonspecific threat just before the end of the school day.

School officials received a phone call at about 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

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Buses had arrived at the school and some parents had arrived to take students home, according to Sheriff Jim DeWees. Deputies established a perimeter and conducted a quick sweep of the interior and exterior of the school.

"I think it was handled appropriately based on the information we got," DeWees said.

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A small group of students who drove themselves to school were mistakenly dismissed during the lockdown, DeWees said, but deputies were able to take them to a secure location in the school until the scan was completed.

Drivers were eventually dismissed first to alleviate some of the traffic around the school then bus and car riders were released, according to DeWees.

The school was cleared at about 3:20 p.m., according to the release.

Two students were involved in a collision on Md. 26 in front of the school in the midst of the dismissal, according to DeWees, but no serious injuries were reported.

"I think people were rubbernecking," he said. Strong rain storms were moving through the area throughout the incident at the school.

Nearby Winfield Elementary School was placed on lockdown briefly while deputies were assessing the threat at South Carroll, DeWees said, but the lockdown was lifted and students were dismissed.

The investigation into the threat is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective William Murray at 410-386-2900 or the anonymous TIPS Hotline at 1-888-399-TIPP.

410-857-7898

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