Social media threat being investigated at Aberdeen High School

Posted at 2:24 PM, Feb 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 06:35:24-05

Police presence is being increased at Aberdeen High School Friday after a threat was made against the school on social media.

The school principal, Mike O'Brien, said the threat was discovered on Twitter Thursday morning. The school is working with the Department of Safety and Security and the Aberdeen Police Department to find out where the threat originated. 

The Principal released this statement on Facebook:

Anyone with information should call the Aberdeen Police Department at 410-272-2121 or Aberdeen High School’s Resource Officer at 410-273-5500.

This is the second threat against the school this week. 

Students were uneasy about these threats affecting their school

"It kind of scared me.  I guess it happens all over the place and I was just nervous about the whole incident," Aberdeen High School sophomore, Stephen Schultz, told ABC2.

Thursday's threat surrounded a tweet from the handle JamesCoward17.  Twitter has since suspended that account but the tweet clearly threatened African Americans saying they need to die.
"Realizing that there was a tweet out that was about shooting up black people to me it's surprising.  It's sad that people do that in schools."
Parents said the school acted quickly by having extra police and administrators looking for anything suspicious, but the fear was still there.
"You have to be really scared because there have been these ridiculous people that go and decide to shoot up schools so you have to take it seriously," parent, Nancy Pappas said.

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