Teen was with mom when arrested for making school threats

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BURTONSVILLE, Md. -- Two Maryland high schools, one in Prince George’s County and one in Montgomery County, were placed on high alert after receiving shooting threats.

Tuesday night, a message was posted on Twitter by someone threatening to shoot up Bowie High School.

Prince George’s County Police and Bowie Police investigated and beefed up security presence at school the following day.

Montgomery County Police officers said Wednesday night, a Pine Branch High School student took to Twitter with a similar warning.

This week, sophomores at Pine Branch High School are in the middle of standardized testing, some students believe the tests may be the motives for the threats.

“They probably just wanted to get out of testing,” Umar Boone, a Paint Branch High School student, said.

Montgomery County Police said they tracked down the student behind the Pine Branch High tweet and arrested him while he was on his was to school Thursday morning.

“In this case a 16-year-old male student has been taken into custody and faces charges in juvenile justice system regarding making threats online and potential for disrupting school function,” explained Captain Paul Starks.

For those who think they can hide behind a keyboard, and make violent threats, police warn, charges could follow.

“Sometimes it is easier and sometimes it is more challenging but most of the time it can be worked in a backwards fashion to determine where the message came from,” said Captain Starks.