Twitter Exchange Prompts Police Presence at C. Milton Wright

Investigators with the Harford County Sheriff's Office believe a dispute on social media was blown out of proportion.

There was an increased police presence at C. Milton Wright High School this morning after a dispute on social media drew the attention of law enforcement and school officials.

After a day-long investigation, deputies with the Harford County Sheriff's Office do not believe students and staff at the school are in any danger.

No weapon was found during the course of the investigation and as of noon Friday, there had been no disturbance at the school.

"There’s nothing to it," Edward Hopkins, public information officer with the sheriff's office, said, adding, "That said, in an overabundance of caution, we had additional police presence today."

Hopkins explained law enforcement officials were alerted Thursday to an exchange on Twitter. Two female students were in the midst of a dispute on the popular social media site when one made a comment to the other along the lines of "wait until you see what happens tomorrow," Hopkins said.

While the original messages made no reference to a gun, weapon or any kind of violence, speculation began to fly, according to Hopkins.

"I hate to put it this way, but it grew legs and started to run," Hopkins said.

Deputies reviewed the messages and traced them back to the source.

"The investigation has shown no intent to harm by any of the students," Hopkins said.

As a precaution, additional deputies were assigned to the school Friday.

The school has been proactive in dealing with other threats within the past two months

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NANAB December 07, 2012 at 06:06 PM
My kids are grown and no longer in school but as a parent, I say THANK YOU for taking precaution.... In this day and age, we never know what is real and what isn't. Again, THANKS
Matt December 09, 2012 at 01:07 PM
That's what is so sad....never knowing what is real and what isn't anymore. But, such is life in a decaying society.


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