LEONARDTOWN, Md. – The principal of the Leonardtown Middle School released the following statement today:

Dear LMS Parents and Families:

This is to inform you that a short while ago, a tip was provided to an administrator that a student may have been in possession of implements that could cause bodily harm. These included a pocketknife, a set of brass knuckles, and a small rock. The school administration, in cooperation with the County Sheriff’s Department, began an immediate investigation.

As with all matters of student safety, we have taken this very seriously. Please be assured that every effort was made to address this matter. Diligent investigation has resulted in all items being recovered from the student. We have utilized both school system disciplinary recourse in accordance with St. Mary’s County Public Schools policy and regulation, as well as referral to the sheriff’s office for follow up action. Additionally, if deemed necessary, a mental health referral will be made.

Our school’s focus has been, and will continue to be, providing a learning environment where students feel comfortable and secure. It is important that we continue to keep the lines of communication open, and continue to listen to our students and be alert in our school community. Because our students (and faculty/staff) continue to follow the SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING motto we were able to act quickly on the information. I encourage you to have conversations with your child about what it means to make threatening statements in public places like schools. Please continue to support and urge your child to report any information to school staff.

Rest assured that students at Leonardtown Middle Schools (LMS) are safe. The administrative staff and faculty are continuing business as usual as we continue to be vigilant with our safety procedures. As always, your student’s safety remains our top priority and all precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of the staff and students.

If you have any questions/concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school at 301-475-0230.