Kent teen charged with mak­ing threats

Record Observer - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE aprice@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — A Kent County teen faces mul­ti­ple charges af­ter al­legedly threat­en­ing stu­dents and staff at two lo­cal schools.

Queen Anne’s County High School and Sudlersville Mid­dle School were both placed on mod­i­fied lock down shortly be­fore 9 a.m. Mon­day, Sept. 19, af­ter school of­fi­cials were no­ti­fied of an im­pli­cated threat posted on the so­cial me­dia app Snapchat, ac­cord­ing to the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Within min­utes of deputies ar­riv­ing at the schools, the per­son post­ing the mes­sage was iden­ti­fied, po­lice said.

“Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the sus­pect was pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied and is be­ing in­ter­viewed by the po­lice,” QACHS Prin­ci­pal Dr. An­gela Holocker said in a mes­sage to par­ents about 10 a.m. “An as­sess­ment of the in­for­ma­tion that was posted on so­cial me­dia in­di­cated that there was no dan­ger to school stu­dents or staff. Both schools quickly re­sumed their nor­mal sched­ules with min­i­mal in­struc­tional dis­rup­tion.”

A fe­male rel­a­tive drove An­thony Mau­rice But­ler III, 18, of Chestertown to Cen­tre­ville to turn him­self in to de­tec­tives, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Dale Pa­trick, sher­iff’s of­fice spokesman.

But­ler was charged with two counts of ar­son threat, two counts of school dis­rup­tion and two counts of false state­ment of a de­struc­tive de­vice (bomb threat).

A Queen’s Anne’s County District Court Com­mis­sioner re­leased But­ler on his own re­cog­ni­zance. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is set for Oct. 17 in District Court.

Holocker praised the stu­dent who brought the threat to the at­ten­tion of school of­fi­cials.

Last school year, Kent Is­land High School re­ceived two bomb threats and Queen Anne’s County High one; so far this year, they have each re­ceived one.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

In this first day of school photo, fresh­men ar­rive Mon­day, Aug. 29, at Queen Anne’s County High School. On Mon­day morn­ing, Sept. 19, the school was locked down af­ter a stu­dent re­ported a threat posted on Snapchat.

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