Social media rumors: Police controlling threats of school violence

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WJLA) - Anne Arundel County police are working to dispel rumors of threats of possible school violence that are spreading on social media.

Police say the rumors on Facebook and Twitter claim possible acts of violence would be coming to 20 county schools Friday.

Officers say their investigation has turned up no credible threats.

School Superintendent Kevin Maxwell tells WBAL-TV that schools are safe and officials are reviewing system-wide security plans.

But Maxwell said it will be a personal decision if parents decide to keep their children home on Friday.

The Howard County Public School System also released a note to parents Thursday addressing the social media rumors:

The HCPSS has been notified about viral social media rumors referencing violence in schools on Friday of this week. These rumors are circulating in school districts throughout the state. Our school system administrators and security team are working with the Howard County police, and at this time none of the rumors have been credible. Please be assured that all rumors and threats will continue to be taken seriously and fully investigated. The police will continue to provide an enhanced presence around our school campuses.

We encourage children to be responsible citizens, and this includes conduct on social media. We ask parents and guardians to continue to emphasize the importance of not spreading rumors and notifying adults of any inappropriate social media they receive.

If you receive any information that needs to be communicated to the police, please contact the Howard County police immediately at 410-313-2911.