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Multiple injuries in shooting at Maryland high school, district confirms

The school is on lockdown, and the situation is contained.

by Christianna Silva
Mar 20 2018, 2:27pm

Multiple people were injured in a shooting at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Maryland, on Tuesday morning, the county Sheriff’s Department told VICE News.

The department did not confirm the number injured or severity of the injuries.

The school is no longer on lockdown, Kristee Boyle, a security specialist for St. Mary’s County Public Schools, told VICE News. All information will be pushed out on the district’s website as soon as it's available, Boyle said.

The event is contained, and the sheriff's office is on the scene, according to the district’s website. ATF agents also reported to the school on Tuesday morning, CNN confirmed, along with Baltimore’s FBI, according to their Twitter

The sheriff's department asked parents not to report to Great Mills High School, and the district said to go to Leonardtown High School

instead to reunite with their kids.

In February, the school increased police presence after another school shooting threat was circulated on Snapchat.

At the time, Jake Heibel, principal of Great Mills High School, sent a message to parents and guardians obtained by TheBayNet.com that detailed the threat and announced that law enforcement investigated and found it wasn’t substantiated.

Corporal Julie Yingling, Public Information officer of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, told TheBayNet.com that the department is aware of the threat and a the Special Operations Division is working to pinpoint the origin. In the meantime, there will be an extra police presence at Great Mills High to ensure the safety of the students.

Parkland survivors, many of whom have since become gun control advocates, tweeted out their support for students at Great Mills High School.

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This article originally appeared on VICE News US.

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