Montgomery County Police have confirmed that one person is in custody in connection to the social media threats made toward Northwest High School overnight.
5th District Commander Capt. Mark Plazinski confirmed to Germantown Pulse, “We have a 15-year-old in custody and the investigation continues.” He could not elaborate any further.
At 10:49 am on Friday, Northwest Principal Jimmy D’Andrea sent a Tweet out to the community stating that a person was in custody. “The police continue to believe that there is not a credible threat to Northwest HS,” he said in the Tweet.
D’Andrea sent an email home to parents at 7:15 am Friday morning saying “police are currently investigating an online threat directed toward Northwest High School. Early this morning a student called the police to report a posting on social media warning students not to come to Northwest High School today. At this time the police do not have any credible information to support the validity of this threat.”
During the always crowded drop-off at 7:30 at least three marked police patrol cars could be seen in front of the school on Richter Farm Road as the school’s 2,400 students made their way into class.
“As a precaution,” wrote in his letter to the community this morning, D’Andrea, “we will be having additional police presence at the school throughout the day. I will also be speaking to all students today about this posting and emphasizing the importance of telling an adult immediately if a student sees or hears anything of concern. Safety and security is our absolute top priority, and I am very proud of the student who made the call to the police this morning.”
The reports of a threat come just a few hours after 18-year-old Alwin Chen of Germantown, who is a student at Clarksburg High School was arrested and charged with possessing a loaded firearm at Clarksburg High School.
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