Montgomery County Police investigating social media threat against 2 local schools

Authorities are investigating threatening social media messages made Thursday to Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (B-CC) and Westland Middle School in Bethesda by a former student of both schools, according to Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) officials.

The threatening posts were made on Facebook, Montgomery County Police spokesperson Lucille Baur said. Baur declined to address the nature of the threats.

Baur said a School Resource Officer was present at both schools Thursday, and additional officers are present today.

B-CC Principal Donna Redmond Jones sent a letter to families Thursday informing them of the threats and said Montgomery County police are investigating the situation.

If you or your child becomes aware of any social media posts of concern, please contact a member of the schools administrative team, the letter said.

Schools operated normally on Thursday and will maintain a regular schedule today as well, according Montgomery County Public School spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala.

Kids are worried, said a Westland Middle School staff member, who asked to remain anonymous. The principal got on the PA system this morning [Friday] and talked to the kids.

Authorities say they are investigating a social media threat made against a middle school and high school in Montgomery County.

Westland Middle School Principal Alison Serino sent out an email to parents Friday morning informing them that Montgomery County Police were investigating a threat made by a graduate of Montgomery County Public Schools. Serino says the threat was directed at Westland Middle and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.

Serino says the school resource officers, security and staff at both schools “will continue to be vigilant about addressing any social media posts that could be disruptive to our learning environment.”

Those with information on this incident or other concerning social media posts are asked to contact authorities.


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