RadioOnFire.com – Baltimore police arrested a 16-year-old girl Tuesday who, they said made a threat of violence against Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, known as Mervo to locals, on social media.
Police report Wednesday the girl confessed to investigators of making the threat against the school.
Through an anonymous profile with a picture of a gun and the Instagram name of “Shoot Mervo up Thursday,” the user stated a plan to shoot every student that’s “in my way,” and had the goal to kill 200 people, according to officials.
The user claimed to be an upset parent of a bullied student, but police said it was actually a 16-year-old student of the school.
Officials were initially made aware of the threat Tuesday morning and arrested the teen less than 24 hours later.
Police said the girl will be charged as a juvenile with a threat of mass violence in the incident.
Though the girl was arrested, there will be an increased police presence at Mervo Thursday, according to police.
“Yesterday, Baltimore City Public Schools was made aware of a potential threat on social media to the Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School. All matters of safety and security are taken extremely seriously. The Baltimore Police Department is investigating, and City Schools will work closely with law enforcement to hold accountable those persons responsible. As a precautionary measure, additional security is present at the school on January 2, and we will continue to assess security needs moving forward,” Baltimore City Public School officials said in a statement.
The Baltimore Police Department worked alongside the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Baltimore division and Baltimore City School Police in this incident.