- The Washington Times - Friday, May 11, 2007

TIMONIUM, Md. — Baltimore County Police arrested a Dulaney High School student hours after the school was evacuated yesterday morning when a bottle containing a suspicious substance was found in a trash can.

Police aren’t releasing the 18-year-old man’s name until formal charges are drawn up, police spokesman Bill Toohey said.

The incident was reported just before 8 a.m. The trash can was on the second floor of the three-story brick school that sits about 30 minutes north of Baltimore.

“It was a bottle that contained a toxic substance,” Mr. Toohey said. He said it smelled like chlorine, and the investigation was continuing into whether it was intended to be an incendiary device.

Baltimore County Bomb Squad members responded to the school, along with Maryland Department of the Environment chemical spill and hazardous materials crews.

Police said the affected area involved a bathroom, a chemistry lab and a hallway.

An ill teacher was taken to a local hospital, said Sgt. John Young of the Baltimore County Police Department. No other injuries were reported.

Students were allowed back in the building just before 11 a.m. The school’s 1,850 students were evacuated to the school’s track and to an open, grassy area about 100 yards away from the 45-acre campus on a quiet, tree-lined street in suburban Baltimore.

Many students were seen leaving the school even after the building reopened, either walking away, exiting with their parents or driving their own vehicles off the campus.

Pamela Shifflett came to pick up her daughter, Sarah, about 30 minutes after students were allowed to re-enter the building. She said she checked her daughter out of classes for the day because she was concerned it might still be dangerous.

Sarah said a fire alarm went off about 8:05 a.m. and the school was evacuated. “I was starting to get really worried because all the cops were showing up,” Sarah said.

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