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Updated: Student Arrested for Cambridige-South Dorchester School Threat

Posted: Mar 23, 2018 8:51 AM Updated:
Cambridge-South Dorchester High School (Photo: WBOC) Cambridge-South Dorchester High School (Photo: WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- A 15-year-old Cambridge-South Dorchester High School student has been arrested after he posted to Instagram a threat to blow up the school, according to the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff James Phillips early Friday afternoon said that after a 16-hour investigation, detectives from his office arrested the student, who was charged with making a threat of mass violence and disturbing school activities. He was referred to juvenile authorities for disposition. The sheriff said the boy and his father are cooperating with his office and it appears the boy lacked the ability to carry out the threat. 

According to Phillips, at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday his office was contacted by students, parents and concerned citizens about the post. Maryland State Police and the Cambridge Police Department also received complaints.

The sheriff said detectives launched a investigation and reached out to Facebook security to help identify the suspect.

Deputies and state troopers, along with Cambridge officers, elevated security at the school campus overnight. Phillips said that at 4 a.m. Friday, five explosive detection teams provided by the Maryland State Police Special Operations Division, along with deputies, state troopers, Cambridge police officers and school staff entered the school and conducted a systematic search of the entire building and surrounding areas with negative results.

The K-9 teams and support remained on the scene as staff and students arrived and all persons entering the building were scanned, also with negative results.


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