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Takoma Park Police responded Tuesday morning to a bomb threat at Takoma Park Middle School.

The threat was made by a student, who was taken into custody, Takoma Park Police spokeswoman Cathy Plevy said. The incident occurred about 9:22 a.m., Plevy said.

Officers swept the school for potential threats.

Although authorities originally reported that the school was put in “lockdown,” the school actually was in a state of “shelter in place,” which meant that instruction continued through the event, said Dana Tofig, spokesman for Montgomery County Public Schools.

“A student said something that caused concern,” Tofig told The Gazette in an email.

He called the response “standard operating procedure.”

“We have always taken these matters seriously,” Tofig said.

“The building was searched, and there was nothing found,” he said in the email.

The student could face disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion, but Montgomery County Schools does not discuss individual student disciplinary matters, Tofig said.

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