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Police clear threat thought to be against Maryland High School

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Posted at 7:05 PM, Apr 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-08 22:12:31-04

Students and staff can breathe a sigh of relief, after police clear a social media threat, thought to be aimed at a Maryland High School.

Police Departments throughout the state carried out investigations Sunday, as a vague message placed many school systems up in arms.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools say they were made aware of a threatening social media post against a school identified only as 'CHS'. 

A concerned individual notified AACPS, under the impression 'CHS' referred to Chesapeake High School, which has been the focus of recent racially charged incidents.

A police investigation revealed the post was related to an incident last week at a New Mexico School, and in no way posed any danger to students or staff at Chesapeake High School.

Officials say Anne Arundel County Public Schools will operate on normal schedules on Monday, April 9.

Baltimore County Police also conducted an investigation, to insure Chesapeake High School in Essex was not the subject of  the 'CHS' threat.

In St. Mary's County, the Sheriff's Office evaluated the threat as well, to determine if 'CHS' could have meant Clovis High School. 

Officials described the message as depicting a person holding a handgun, with the caption "Going Out with a Bang", as well as the letters 'CHS'. Detectives learned the message was referring to a previously investigated incident at Chopticon High School, in New Mexico. The person responsible was arrested on April 5.

Concern for school safety remains at an all time high in Maryland, following last months Great Mills Shooting, that resulted in one student and the gunman's death.