UPDATE from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, 9/18/2014, 3:50 PM:
Some LOCAL media repts/photos show arrest made re GMHS threat today. No ARREST was made. The photos are old/from past incident.
UPDATE from the St. Mary’s County Public Schools, 9/18/2014, 1:08 PM:
On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a single phone call reporting an unsubstantiated verbal threat at Great Mills High School. As a result, the school was immediately placed on lockdown. A coordinated response was initiated immediately with school and law enforcement officials. The school’s administration followed the emergency response protocols outlined in the St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) School Crisis and Emergency Response Plan and continually worked with law enforcement authorizes to complete the investigation. The school building was placed in a lockdown status while law enforcement units searched the building. The building was cleared for use at approximately 12:25 p.m. The school continued with the normal schedule for the day at that time.
Mr. J. Scott Smith, Administrator in Charge for SMCPS, stated “The safety of our students and staff always comes first, so we must take all threats seriously. With that said, we will continue to work with law enforcement to identify the caller and pursue appropriate charges to the fullest extent of the law.”
Original Report by TheBayNet Staff:
Great Mills High School is currently on lockdown.
The St. Mary’s County Public School issued the following Statement: “We have been notified of a nonconfirmed verbal threat by the County’s emergency operations center pertaining to Great Mills High School. The school is currently on lockdown. Law enforcement authorities are on the scene and we are investigating.”