Anne Arundel charter school on lockdown after threatening text

Anne Arundel charter school on lockdown after threatening text

HANOVER, Md. (WBFF) - An Anne Arundel County charter school was placed on lockdown for two hours Thursday after a threatening text message.

Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School, on Parkway Drive in Hanover, was alerted to a text message that "was considered threatening in nature," according to a letter sent to parents from principal Dwight Jefferson.

The text message was received at 9:20 a.m. At about 10:45 a.m., police told administrators to transition to "lockout" status, meaning all activities resume but no one is allowed to enter or leave the building, according to the letter.

"Police continued to search the area around our building during this time, but found nothing suspicious."

Normal activities were resumed by 11:15 a.m., said the principal.

"I realize that this is a time of anxiety for all of us when it comes to school safety," wrote Jefferson in the letter. "I assure you, however, that we do everything we can to ensure our building is safe and secure for students and staff."

Anne Arundel County Public Schools recently announced new school safety initiatives and County Executive Steve Schuh promised at least $14 million in new funding toward school security.

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