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WALDORF, Md. — On January 9, students from St. Charles High School observed posts from two separate Instagram accounts threatening to “blow up” the school while displaying a photograph of a handgun.

At the time of the notification to officers, the students did not know who owned the accounts because the accounts had been disabled.

Through investigation by detectives assigned to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Homeland Security and Intelligence Section, a 17-year-old student was identified as the suspect and on February 2, the student was charged with making threats of mass violence.

The gun shown in the Instagram posts was a photo the student obtained from the internet. The CCSO is reminding parents to talk with their children about the proper use of social media and the internet and the consequences of making threats of violence.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Sgt. J. Long at 301-609-6562.

Tipsters who want to remain anonymous, but provide information about threats or criminal activity at schools may contact the confidential tip line at CCPS at 301-302-8305.

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