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Threat Prompts Increased Police at 5 Harford County Schools

A threat made at C. Milton Wright High School also mentioned Aberdeen, Edgewood, Patterson Mill and John Carroll high schools, police said.

Increased police presence is expected at five Harford County schools on Wednesday, after a threat at C. Milton Wright High School, officials said.

While police do not believe it is a credible threat, law enforcement and school officials said they aren't taking any chances.

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This is the second threat to impact C. Milton Wright within the past week. On Thursday, Oct. 18, someone wrote a bomb threat on a C. Milton Wright bathroom mirror. When the message was found, the building was evacuated and police searched the school with a bomb detecting dog. The dog and deputies found nothing dangerous inside the school.

"The same day that we had a bomb threat at the school, we had a writing that said something would happen on 10/24, which is tomorrow," Capt. Keith Warner, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said Tuesday.

The second threatening message mentioned four additional local schools— private school John Carroll, and public schools Patterson Mill, Aberdeen and Edgewood high schools.

Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications with Harford County Public Schools, explained that this message threatened C. Milton, but served as more of an alert message to the other schools, as opposed to a direct threat.

"There is only one school that was cited in the threat and that is C. Milton Wright," Kranefeld said.

Warner said the message did not indicate that anything would happen at the other schools, but because they were mentioned, they are also on high alert this week.

All five schools are expected to have an increased police presence Wednesday.

"We are providing security at all the schools, of course, we will have more security at C. Milton Wright," Warner said.

Kranefeld said that public schools have a plan in place for Wednesday, but would not divulge details for safety reasons.

"We’re putting all precautions in place," Kranefeld said.

Madelyn Ball, principal at John Carroll, sent out an email message to parents alerting them to police presence and the threat.

"As a parent, you have a right to know about this situation so that you can make a decision about whether or not to send your child to school on Wednesday, October 24," Ball wrote in the email, a copy of which was obtained by Patch.

If parents decide to keep their children home from the private school Wednesday, it will be considered an excused absence as long as parents call that morning and send a note the next day, the email states.

"We don’t think it’s a credible threat," Warner said, adding that, nevertheless, no threat is left unaddressed. "We’re going to do everything we can to make sure nothing does happen," Warner said.

Jeff October 24, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Will, I am talking down because my phone # is in their system & I received the phone call last week about the bomb threat. So I took care of "my responsibility". I had to find out thru Patch. Before you criticize, know the facts!
Stitch October 24, 2012 at 07:09 AM
My daughter goes to CMW and I got the two phone calls last week and so did my husband. NEITHER, I repeat, Neither of us received a call regarding this issue!! They must have our current phone numbers if they were able to call us and advise us about last week's episode. So what is their excuse for NOT notifying us about THIS???? THERE IS NONE!
EH October 24, 2012 at 08:14 AM
cmw may be informed, but the problem is the other public schools - patterson mill, aberdeen and edgewood - were NOT informed of anything. I am glad several messages were sent to cmw families, but what about the rest of us? HCPS FAILED on keeping us informed and allowing us as parents to make our own decisions.
Hannah October 24, 2012 at 09:50 AM
I'm a student at Aberdeen High school, are these people really going to do something? I've been afraid to go to school ever since i found out last night...
GiGi October 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM
I didnt get one either, the calls that WAS sent out probably only went to the homes of children in the school the threat was found in.. eliminating the mentioned areas. So the question is... Do you send your child to school, if your school was one of the mentioned?
kathleen k.icfin October 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM
got a call from cmw have a senior there keeping her home today period my decision i am the parent.
MR October 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM
We also received a message from CMW last night about the threat for today.
MR October 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM
A drill was scheduled the same day the bomb threat happened. No one lied to the kids or the parents. Come on folks, give the schools some credit.
MR October 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I agree with Will, as a parent it is YOUR responsibilty to make sure you receive ALL the alerts that the school sends out. Stop blaming the school and take responsibilty for what you havent done.
Linda Stine Flint October 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM
The suggestion I emailed to our principle (CMW) is that they need to educate parents on how they can ensure the numbers they want called are 'in the system' as we don't know where it is coming from. Also suggested that they utilize email and/or phone texting. At the same time....parents have to understand that there are some cases where they can't make the call right away or post right away.....but again...what is the process they use to determine when to make the call, etc. This is a good thing as it is showing where the inconsistencies in the processes are and what they need to fix. Before everyone starts jumping and blaming....the question does need to be presented to the HCPS board about what is the policy to determine when the call is made, why not also utilize technology and where is the school getting the phone numbers from?
Daria Lipka October 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I believe in all goodness they do to keep us safe and they are doing what they can to keep us safe today but to me having things under control is when they catch the student or person who has been writing theese letters for the past week thats when ill feel more safe to be in school...i really didn't believe this was going to happen but i stayed home better safe then sorry and i am a student so i know there are some kids in there that are just crule and have anger issues and for that i don't deny the fact that our liveswill be put into danger just this time.
FH John October 24, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Who's your English teacher? Bomb threat or not, you need to attend your English class.
Sharon October 24, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Hmmm...so let's see...students and parents are allowed to make a decision on whether or not it's safe to go to school but the teachers are expected to show up for duty regardless??? And PLEASE, if you are going to post on a public forum, get your grammar and spelling correct! It's incredible how people want to have their opinions taken seriously when they can't even take the time to spell-check them!
Mindy W October 24, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Does anyone know since CMW is on lockdown, will I be able to pick up my child?
Jeff October 24, 2012 at 02:02 PM
The school system has my correct information, I received 2 calls for the incident last week & nothing has changed in the past week. So to answer Will & MR, as a parent, I have made sure, as my responsibility, they have my correct information. I am blaming the school because I didn't receive a call from them when I should have. I had to find out about this on Patch. They obviously have my phone #, so what's your answer now? Do you still give HCPS a pass?
kc October 24, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Amazing how the public school system does not care about the giving the notices out they rather keep everything as a hush, hush thing, I had to hear about it about 5 min ago from my daughter texting in school that they are under a bomb threat. are you freaking kidding me!!!!!! Typical of PMMHS!!!!!!!!!!
MR October 24, 2012 at 02:36 PM
To Jeff, instead of wasting good energy towards Will and myself, use your energy in contacting the school to find out why, one week you received a call and the other night you did not. With all the time you spent posted, you could have already contacted the school and had your answer. Good Luck.
Jeff October 24, 2012 at 02:44 PM
MR, I did contact the school, but I am not going to be attacked by someone who thinks they are smarter & has all the answers when they don't. Who are you to talk about my responsibility as a parent. You don't know me so who are you to question me? I am a very responsible parent of 3, 2 currently in this system & 1 who has graduated from it & is in college, thank you.
Amy October 24, 2012 at 02:53 PM
My girls go to C. Milton Wright and we got 2 calls during school 1 after school and 1 last night .... It might be that your voicemail set up is not letting the automated recording leave a message.... The school system can only do so much... As parents it out responsibility to be involved with our kids and what is going on at school
MR October 24, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Okay Jeff - First I never said I had all the answers nor did I say I was smarter. Second, if you dont want to be questioned about what you post on a public site, then don't post it. Third, the reason Will and myself said "it was parents responsibilty" to make sure the school has all the info is because, it is. You did not include in your initial comment that you did receive phone calls from the school the prior week, but did not receive a call the other night. Had you posted that in your original post, we wouldn't be discussing this now. Jeff my intention was NEVER to offend you, if I did I do apologize. Unfortunately, there are so many parents out there that always put the blame on everyone and everything. They never take responsibilty for where the blame needs to be put. Again, I do apologize if I offended you. Hope you have a nice day!
JustMyOpinion October 24, 2012 at 05:26 PM
As a parent of a high school student in Harford County, yes, it can be concerning. BUT, if you fully read and comprehend what the article is saying there is NO CREDIBLE threat at ANY of the schools. The school system is doing exactly what they should do - NOT get everyone in a panic for something that they police department does not find credible. Yes, we live in scary times right now, but I for one will not let fools who are pulling a prank and loving all of this attention to scare me. We don't need to point fingers and place blame on the school system. They have been in contact with the police department and if the threat were actually credible ALL parents would be notified. We all love our children and want to do whatever we can do to protect them, but I also can't let fear run my life. I have to trust that the school system is on top of the matter along with the police department.
Margaret October 24, 2012 at 05:32 PM
There are major inconsistencies with the notifications. Reading these comments from other CMW parents who received calls last night makes me wonder why I did not. All my numbers in the system are up to date. I got the calls about the previous bomb threat to my home phone AND my cell phone- but this time nothing. Not sure why.
Laura Simpson October 24, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Maybe we parents should take irt on ourselves to some extent to keep each other informed and to not over react. No system is perfect and I have had hit and miss calls (mostly hit) with the robo call system. I didn't get a call from EHS about this nor did I expect to after reading the article.
Daria Lipka October 24, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Im sorry is the more serious matter my grammer or the fact that people lives are at stake...thank you :)
kitknats October 24, 2012 at 07:58 PM
The robo calls will NOT go through if the computer gets an answering machine and/or voice mail. The call is disrupted. And again, if there was NO CREDIBLE threat, they shouldn't send students and parents into a panic attack. We are all concerned about our children's welfare. However, did anyone think that if this were a real situation to be taken seriously that schools would have been open at all or that TEACHERS and STAFF who are PEOPLE and have FAMILIES of their own would STILL BE IN THE BUILDINGS?? Think about it.
CB9678 October 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM
One is automatically on the list with the phone number you provide the school. If you are not getting Alert Now calls than call the school and fix your phone number.
Christopher Kidwell October 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM
They might have just overlooked you, Dawn. The one time my high school (Aberdeen HIgh) had a bomb threat we were sent home early AND the building in question was evacuated.
Christopher Kidwell October 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM
CB9678, many parents have a current phone on record and yet don't get these calls. My relative in Marlboro had her daughters school let out early because of a bomb threat a few years ago and she didn't get a call. Since she was a 'work at home' mom, they should have been able to get her, not to mention that she has/had a answering machine.
Christopher Kidwell October 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM
kitknats, ANY threat of a bombing is credible until is it disproved and since this targeted schools, I say err on the side of caution.
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