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Threats against St. Mary's Co. Schools on 1 year anniversary of Great Mills shooting not credible

Posted at 9:02 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 07:48:04-04

ST. MARY'S COUNTY, Md. — The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office says recent threats of mass violence against public schools within the county aren't credible.

Wednesday marked one year since a gunman opened fire inside of Great Mills High School, killing a student and injuring another.

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Officials said the most recent threats circulated through social media and text messages, and referenced last year's tragedy.

After an extensive investigation, detectives were unable to identify any credible threats.

It was just before 8 a.m. on March 20, 2018 when 17-year-old Austin Rollins entered the school, shooting 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey and 14-year-old Desmond Barnes. Two days later, Willey died after being taken off life support.

Investigators concluded Rollins shot and killed himself after being confronted by School Resource Officer, Blaine Gaskill.

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The Sheriff's Office says they will continue to investigate all threats reported, to ensure the safety of students and faculty.