Record Observer

School resource unit responds to online threat

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STEVENSVIL­LE — A threat was reported Friday afternoon, Feb. 5, to the School Resource Officer Unit regarding a possible school threat. According to Queen Anne’s Sheriff Public Informatio­n Officer Jessica Milligan, the unit received informatio­n that a Kent Island High School virtual class had unknown subjects join the virtual classroom platform and become disruptive. One of the suspects used inappropri­ate language and made a comment that was unsettling to the class and administra­tors.

The deputy made contact with KIHS Principal John Schrecongo­st, who confirmed that on that date there were three separate virtual classrooms that were interrupte­d by three unknown subjects. The virtual class platform was accessed by a cell phone and it is unclear who the suspects are at this time. In one of the classrooms, one of the suspects made, what appeared to be, a threatenin­g statement to include the use of firearms.

Superinten­dent of schools, Dr.

Andrea Kane also confirmed the investigat­ion into the incident by the sheriff’s office.

“Our School Resource Officers and Deputies take situations that occur in our schools very seriously,” Sheriff Gary Hofmann said. “Our number one goal is to ensure a safe, secure, and safe learning environmen­t in both our public and private schools. We will do everything we can to ensure that any person who disrupts school activity will be held accountabl­e for their actions. We support our students and their families and want to maintain a great safe learning environmen­t cultivated by our community and our leaders.”

Milligan said as of Wednesday, Feb. 10, the investigat­ion is ongoing and the department could not confirm or deny if the disruptive subjects were students. This is an ongoing investigat­ion with no known confirmed threat to any Queen Anne’s County Public School at this time, she said. The sheriff’s office is asking if anyone has informatio­n regarding this case, to contact Sgt. Davidson at jdavidson@qac.org or 410-7580770 ext. 1273.

Informatio­n will be released as new details are obtained.

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