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Teen arrested in connection to social media threats against Mervo

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Posted at 12:18 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-02 08:46:22-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — A 16-year-old girl has been arrested after police say she admitted to making social media threats against a Baltimore High School.

Local, state, and federal agencies were investigating a post circulating on social media, threatening students at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School (Mervo).

On Wednesday City Schools released a statement on the arrest, and announced Mervo would re-open as scheduled following winter break.

"Baltimore City Police have identified and arrested the suspect believed to have made a threat on social media against Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School. The threat was found not to be credible and the suspect will be held accountable. Classes at Mervo will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2, as scheduled. In an abundance of caution, both Baltimore City Police and City Schools Police will be on site at Mervo to provide additional security. City Schools is thankful for the continued support and partnership with Baltimore City Police."

On Tuesday prior to the arrest, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the department was investigating the threats as if they were legitimate.

"We will treat it as legitimate until such time that we know it's not a threat," said Harrison.

The anonymously written post specifically mentioned a plan to shoot hundreds of students at the school on January 2.

You can read an initial statement put out by Baltimore City Public Schools below.

"[Monday], Baltimore City Public Schools was made aware of a potential threat on social media to the Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School. All matters of safety and security are taken extremely seriously. The Baltimore Police Department is investigating, and City Schools will work closely with law enforcement to hold accountable those persons responsible. As a precautionary measure, additional security is present at the school on January 2, and we will continue to assess security needs moving forward."

As of Wednesday, there's no word on what charges if any the teen would face.