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St. Mary's County sheriff's office says threats against schools unfounded

The St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office said Wednesday that after an investigation “no sustained or credible threats” of mass violence at area schools had been identified.

According to a news release sent Tuesday by the sheriff’s office, multiple threats were circulating on social media and text messages directed at schools in St. Mary’s County. The threats aligned with the one-year anniversary of last year’s shooting at Great Mills High School, on March 20, 2018.

Jaelynn Willey, 16, died after being shot in the head in the incident. Another student was shot in the leg but survived. Austin Rollins, the 17-year-old who fired his father’s Glock 9-millimeter pistol inside the school, died after shooting himself in the head, officials said.

Police said they are working together with school officials to ensure the safety of St. Mary’s County students and faculty.

Anyone with information regarding the origin of the threats is asked to contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-8008.

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