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Md. high school student hospitalized after alleged threat

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LAUREL, Md. -

Prince George's County school officials and the City of Laurel police are investigating what were apparently threatening comments made last week and only brought to the attention of school officials Monday as a result of what happened Friday in Connecticut.

This case involves a male student who attends Laurel High School, but has not been in school for about a week. The situation coming to light about alleged threats off campus.

"We had some students who were threatened," says City of Laurel spokesman Pete Piringer. "They brought it to the attention of a teacher. The teacher concurred with that observation. They notified school's security. School security notified the police and the investigation began, which resulted in a young person being committed to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation."

Piringer says investigators found evidence in the student's locker.

"We had some pretty credible information, some charts and diagrams and lists and things like that that concerned us," Piringer told FOX 5 News. "Obviously the parents were consulted. Information was brought to us that we believe that the student had access to weapons. So it was a very credible threat."

Piringer would not elaborate about the "charts, diagrams and lists." 

"We believe that he was going to do harm to others and this was by shooting and killing and things of that nature," says Piringer. "A pretty serious set of circumstances."

Prince George's County school officials say they are cooperating with police, taking the situation seriously and will be sending a letter home with students after classes Wednesday.

"My opinion is if you see something like that or hear something, you need to go report it," says Laurel resident and parent, Donald Wicks. "And everything needs to be taken seriously today."

Police agree and say this was a good example of young people seeing something and then saying something.

Police are not releasing the name or age of the student in question. He is a young man said to be hospitalized and getting a mental health checkup.


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