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A man who allegedly made a threat regarding Cecil County Public Schools was taken into custody for an emergency petition and is under the care of mental health professionals, Cecil County Sheriff's Office spokesman, Lt. Michael Holmes said in a press release.
Holmes said the sheriff's office on Tuesday, October 6, received "a complaint regarding a threat to Cecil County Public Schools."
The threat was made out of state but referenced a shooting incident, Holmes said.
Sheriff’s Office investigators immediately conducted an investigation into this incident. Investigators ultimately made contact with the subject suspected of making the threat. The subject was identified as an adult male.
Police say Cecil County Public School officials and Cecil College administrators were made aware of this incident.
Investigators contacted the Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office and it was determined that the incident did not meet requirements for criminal charges.
The subject was taken into custody for an emergency petition and transported to a medical facility where the subject is under the care of mental health professionals.
Cecil College president Dr. Mary Way Bolt sent an email to school faculty this afternoon. The email said the person who made the threat was a Cecil College student.
The email reads:
"Our public safety department received a call from the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office. We were advised that a Cecil College student had verbalized threats to inflict damages at an unnamed school in Cecil County.
The individual was interviewed by the Cecil County Sheriff's Office, was detained, and remains in custody. I want to advise the college community that this perceived threat was addressed swiftly through communication with local law enforcement. The College will maintain a heightened level of security but is confident that the threat has been contained. Additionally, the College will provide an update of the resources that are currently in place to protect the students, faculty, and staff.
College operations will continue as scheduled. As always, students, faculty, and staff should be alert and report any suspicious activities by calling 911 and Cecil College Public Safety at 410-287-1601.
My appreciation is extended to the Cecil County Sheriff's Office, the Cecil College Public Safety Department, and the Critical Incident Team for your rapid response."
Reached by phone, Lieutenant Holmes said he could not discuss details of the man because of privacy laws and since no charges were filed.