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A student at Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School told his teacher two weeks ago about a threatening message on a bathroom mirror and two days later another student brought a toy gun to the school.

Members of law enforcement and the school system do not believe the incidents are related or posed any threat to student or staff safety; however, both were reported to town police.

On May 11, a student reported to a teacher at the school that someone wrote a threatening message in hand soap on a bathroom mirror, according to Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications with the school system.

The message was found inside a boys bathroom in the primary building, which holds grades kindergarten through second, according to Kranefeld.
Students told school administrators there was personally identifiable information in the message; however, the investigation by the school system determined that was not the case and the message and the threat in the message were deemed not credible, according to Kranefeld.

Bel Air Police were notified about the message on the mirror and investigated what they call, “suspicious activity,” according to Bel Air Police Chief Leo Matrangola.

The writing was not clear and police had no indication about who wrote it, according to Matrangola.

“We do not have any suspect information and trust that the school will handle the situation without police involvement,” Matrangola wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.

Kranefeld said the school sent home letters May 12 outlining the incident and asking parents to talk to their kids about appropriate behavior at school.

On May 13, students at Homestead-Wakefield reported to their teacher that another student had brought a toy gun to school.

A teacher searched the student’s backpack and confiscated the toy gun inside, according to Kranefeld.

“There is no reason to believe that the student meant to cause harm,” Kranefeld wrote in an e-mail Tuesday.

The student was disciplined for bringing a replica of a weapon to the school and the school system sent out an AlertNow phone call about the second incident.

The call asked parents to check children’s backpacks before the students go to school, Kranefeld said.

“Results of the investigations of both incidents concluded that there is no reason to believe that the two incidents were related in any way,” Kranefeld wrote.

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