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Maryland schools alerted to threat

November 18, 2002

Maryland public schools, including those in Washington County, were told by state police on Friday to guard against "a vague, unsubstantiated threat," said Carol Mowen, public information officer for Washington County Public Schools.

State Police Barrack Commander Lt. Greg Johnston could provide no further information about the shadowy threat, including its origin or exact wording, he said.

The threat was funneled to state police from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, which was notified by the Washington, D.C., Emergency Management Agency, Johnston said.

Washington County school principals were notified about the threat Friday afternoon as a precautionary measure so they could "be aware" when students were dismissed in the afternoon, Mowen said.

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Schools remained open.

The federal government on Thursday renewed terrorism warnings, but there was no word that Friday's warning was connected to potential terrorist activity.

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