Eighth graders Maryland arrested over a fake school shooting threat.
Two eighth grade students have been arrested after allegedly spreading a fake school shooting threat at a Maryland middle school.
Earlier this month, a parent contacted Aberdeen Middle School to report seeing a social media post from a student, warning students not to come to classes the next day because another student was allegedly threatening a school shooting, the Aberdeen Police Department said in a statement Friday.
After an investigation, police determined the student in question never made a threat and two eighth grade students were responsible for faking the report. One student was charged with make a false statement to a peace office and the other with disturbing school operations.
False school shooting reports “will not be tolerated,” the police department said.
The students have been referred to Juvenile Services.
The fake threat comes a year after the same middle school went under lockdown after a separate shooting threat that also was found to be a hoax, The Baltimore Sun reports.