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Police Presence at Northwest High School Increased After Social Media Threat

High school communities around the region are on edge.

Two days ago a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla., and hours after a Germantown student was found with a loaded handgun at Clarksburg High School, there were reports that someone was threatening an attack at Northwest High School in Germantown.

Northwest Principal Jimmy 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 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.


Top: Officers from Montgomery County Police could be seen on the campus of Northwest High School Friday morning after it was reported that someone had made threats against the school on social media overnight Thursday, Feb. 15.