ABERDEEN, Md. — Two 7th grade girls from Aberdeen Middle School have been referred to the Department of Juvenile Services after it was determined they collaborated to send bomb threats to other students online, the Aberdeen Police said Thursday.
The girls were referred to Juvenile Services on Jan. 2 for “Threats of Mass Violence and Disturbing School Operations,” police said.
On Dec. 28, 2018, the girls worked together to send an anonymous bomb threat to various other middle school students through the social media app LIPSI, police said. A student, and a parent of another student, who saw the message alerted the School Resource Officer, who began an investigation. Public safety resource officers from agencies allied with the Aberdeen PD were deployed in the investigation of the threat, including Maryland State Police explosive detection dogs.
After speaking to several students and their parents, it was determined one of the students who claimed to have received the message was actually one of its senders, police said.
“Every hoax bomb threat investigated diverts valuable public safety resources away from performing their normal functions,” the Aberdeen Police said in a statement. “The Aberdeen Police Department reminds parents to educate their children about the seriousness of making hoax bomb threats and the consequences of doing so.”