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UMES Police Install Metal Detectors Following Unverified Threat on Social Media

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Public safety officers at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore install two metal detectors at the entrances of the Student Services Center (SSC) after a non-verified threat was discovered on a social media site.

One-by-one, students, staff and other campus visitors emptied their pockets and handed over other loose items before walking through one of two metal detectors inside the SSC. The new safety measure caught some students by surprise.

It felt like high school all over again, “ said Jamel Berkeley, a junior at the school. “ I don't think that it will help too much because if somebody wanted to do something, I guess they will figure out a way.”

Dejonay Stewart supports the measure.

 "I was surprised, but I mean they are just doing their job," she said.

University Police Chief Ernest Leatherbury, Jr. said the department recently installed two metal detectors, one for each public entrance of the SSC, after a staff member discovered what he called a non-verified threat on social media.

" University Police are investigating some dialogue detected on social media that signaled a potential disruption to daily activities on campus," Leatherbury said.

The chief would not go into detail about the nature of the threat or where it was found, but Omar Fisher, a junior at the school, said “Yik Yak” is the source.

" It's kind of like twitter, but it's anonymous; you don't have to make a profile," Fisher said.

Fisher has the smartphone application on his phone. He did not see the message when it trickled down onto his timeline, but he said students have been talking about it. He said someone threatened to carry out a shooting inside the SSC.

Leatherbury did not confirm the rumor, but has this message for the person behind the threat.

 " They should know, if they can be identified, I intend to take the appropriate legal measures," Leatherbury said. He not comment on whether the school plans to add more metal detectors around campus.

The investigation is ongoing.

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