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Aberdeen Middle put on 'modified lockdown' after threat made on social media

Aberdeen Middle on 'modified lockdown' after threat made on social media

ABERDEEN, Md. (WBFF) - Aberdeen Middle School was placed on a "modified lockdown" Tuesday after a "general threat" was made on social media late Monday, said Harford County Public Schools.

The lockdown means students are not allowed outside and access to the building is restricted.

"This morning, school administrators were made aware of a general threat to Aberdeen Middle School posted on social media," said school system spokesperson Lindsay Bilodeau. "The Aberdeen Police Department and the school system's Director of Safety and Security were notified and are currently working together to investigate the post and maintain a secure environment at the school today."

Aberdeen police said later that "just before 7:30 [a.m.], the Aberdeen Police Department received information of a social media threat on Instagram about a shooting at Aberdeen Middle School. The School Resource Officer and Chief of Safety and Security for Harford County Public Schools were immediately notified and an investigation commenced. The investigation revealed that an unknown person sent a message to several students through a new social media application called 'Sarahah.' The app is based in another country; however, it can be linked to ones Instagram account," reported police.

"After exhausting all means, this threat was determined to be non-credible. The school was placed on a modified lockdown and access to the building was limited and monitored. Classes did operate normal," said police.

Anyone with more information is asked to call Detective D. Testerman or SRO J. Neidig at 410-272-2121.

The school system also said earlier that "all appropriate actions were taken immediately, and the safety of our students and staff remains the utmost priority. As a precaution, Aberdeen Middle School is currently in a modified lockdown as the investigation continues. A modified lockdown allows normal school activities to continue; however, no students are allowed outside, and there is restricted access to enter the building. The school will notify its community when the lockdown is lifted."

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