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'Threat' on social media toward Havre de Grace High deemed not credible, schools, police say

Extra police officers are patrolling Havre de Grace High School Thursday after a social media post was perceived to be a threat to the school, school system officials said.

The HHS threat comes a day after extra police were stationed at Harford Tech and North Harford high schools because of possible threats.

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Administrators at Havre de Grace High School were notified Thursday morning of a screenshot of a SnapChat that was perceived as a threat to the school, Jillian Lader, manager of communications for Harford County Public Schools, said in an email.

School administrators, the Havre de Grace Police Department and the Harford County Public Schools Coordinator of Safety and Security investigated the social media post and at the end of the investigation, it was determined the screenshot was in no way a threat to Havre de Grace High School, Lader said.

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“Students go to school everyday not knowing what is going to happen,” the student representative on the Harford County Board of Education says. “With all of the shootings, students become more worried  everyday.”

“The message was not directed at Havre de Grace High School and we found no valid or supporting documentation that the threat was credible,” Lader said.

Havre de Grace Police Department Cpl. Dan Petz said: “We are aware of the threat and have determined through investigation through the school and the school resource officers that the threat is not credible or about Havre de Grace schools.”

Petz said extra officers were at the high school “just as a precaution.”

All appropriate actions were taken immediately, “and the safety of our students and staff remains our utmost priority,” Lader said. “We continue to encourage students, staff and families that if you see something, you say something.”

She also urged parents and guardians to talk with their children about the seriousness and consequences of sharing information on social media.

“We are asking parents/guardians to encourage their child to speak with them, an adult at school or the [school resource officer] if they see or hear something so that immediate action can be taken,” Lader said.

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