School officials also canceled after school activities due to the threat.
Atholton High School was evacuated and all after school activities were canceled on Thursday after a bomb threat on the building was received in the afternoon, according to Howard County Police. A police spokesperson said the bomb threat was sent to a school administrator's email account around the time of dismissal. Dismissal was completed and police searched the school with a bomb sniffing dog, according to police. School officials sent out a notice around 5 p.m. Thursday that after a search of the school, police determined the building is safe. The school will remain closed Thursday, but will open as usual on Friday, according to the notice.
The student reportedly had access to guns, leading authorities to believe there was a credible threat.
Updated below. A Laurel High School student has been hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation after threatening to commit acts of violence and "possibly shoot and kill others," according to a city official. Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the City of Laurel, said the alleged threats were first brought to the attention of a teacher on Monday by concerned classmates. That information was passed to a school security official, who then notified the Laurel Police Department. Investigators found the student's statements to be a "credible threat," Piringer said, in part because he was believed to have access to guns. Police contacted his parents and soon located the student, who was admitted to an area hospital for psychiatric evaluation. "This is…