Schools Across U.S. Receive Threats of Violence After Deadly Florida High School Shooting

Alwin Chen was arrested Thursday for allegedly bringing a loaded handgun to his Maryland high school. (Montgomery County Police Department)

Several schools nationwide bolstered security or shuttered their doors Friday following threats made in the wake of Wednesday’s deadly Florida school shooting.

The Nutley Public School District in New Jersey announced late Thursday all schools in the area would be closed due to a “security threat.” The Nutley Police Department confirmed it “actively investigated” a video posted on Instagram, though it was not immediately clear what the video showed, PIX 11 reported.

Police in Maryland said they arrested a high school student for bringing a loaded gun to high school Thursday. Alwin Chen, 18, of Germantown, was arrested and charged after he allegedly brought the loaded handgun to Clarksburg High School. Officials said Chen also had a knife on him as well, The Washington Post reported.

Also in Maryland, police were investigating a threat made on social media regarding Northwest High School in Germantown. The school shuttered its doors Friday in the wake of the threat, WJLA reported.

In Anne Arundel County in Maryland, threatening messages were posted online regarding schools in the area but police determined students were not in any danger, FOX Baltimore reported.

A South Carolina high school student was arrested Thursday after allegedly posting “Florida Round 2” on Snapchat — a seemingly obvious reference to Wednesday’s school shooting — but the student later insisted the post was simply a “joke.” Officials at Broome High School received an anonymous tip from a student about the possible threat. The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office arrested a ninth grader at the school but did not identify him due to his age.

The teen said his threat of a “Round 2 of Florida” was a “joke.” (Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

In Ohio, a 14-year-old high school student was charged after a Snapchat post Wednesday stating he could “beat the casualty toll” of the school shooting in Florida. Parents contacted police about the remark, leading officials to investigate, the Journal-News reported.

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SOURCE: Fox News, Kathleen Joyce