Baltimore County School Put on Lockdown After Reports of Gun (Updated)

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A Baltimore County school is on lockdown after reports that a gun was found in the school, police said.

Police said officials at Millford Mill Academy, located in Windsor Mill, received a report around 11 a.m. that there might be a gun in the school. As of 12:50 p.m., the school remained on lockdown, and a gun had not been located.

“There is not anyone using a gun and nobody has been injured,” police said in a statement.

Update 1:45 p.m. The situation was downgraded to an “alert status,” which is less serious than a lockdown and means class can continue as normal.

Parents were advised to gather in the Giant parking lot at 3602 Millford Mill Rd., where the police commander will provide more info.

Police said they received a report from a parent that her child received info about a potential threat against the school.

“So far, officers have not found a gun and are working to identify the origin of the rumor about the threat,” police said.

Update 5 p.m. The incident was determined to be a hoax, and was described as a “rumor that go out of control.”

From Baltimore County Police:

This incident started with a rumor that had been circulating since early this morning that someone with a gun was going to shoot up the school. Just before 7:30 a.m., a 15-year-old ninth grade student that has disabilities entered the front entrance of the school and stood in the hallway for approximately 10 minutes. During this time, someone took a picture of the student. This picture then circulated via social media with the rumor that the student was the one who made the threat to shoot up the school. Another student received that information and forwarded it to a parent who called the school.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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