UPPER MARLBORO – Officials earlier today added additional security at multiple area schools on Monday after threats circulated on social media over the weekend. Some of them had drawings showing various areas in which they claimed to have planted bombs.
Prince George’s County Police Department is working with school administration for security of those schools and determining the validity of those threats. Arlington County schools were also mentioned in threatening posts.
“We have been made aware of the threats to schools throughout the area. Out of an abundance of caution, as an increase to our school resource officers, we have increased patrols around schools during arrivals and dismissals,” said Ashley Savage, PIO for the Arlington County Police Department. Although officials took the threat very seriously, schools remained open on Monday.
In addition, Fairfax County Public Schools also tweeted about the subject saying that they are aware of the threats and that police do not believe the threats are credible.
At this time, parents are requested to provide proper guidance to their children to avoid a repeat of what occurred today.
Earlier today the PGCPS Office of Communication issued the following statement:
In response to several threats circulating on social media aimed at specific Prince George’s County schools, local law enforcement has deployed additional officers at schools throughout the county as a precaution.
Schools are open today as scheduled. We take threats to our students very seriously and we will continue working with Prince George’s County Police Department to investigate these threats.
To report any suspicious activity, please contact Prince George’s County Police Department at 866-411-TIPS.
MENSAJE ACERCA DE LAS AMENAZAS EN lAS REDES SOCIALES
En respuesta a varias amenazas que circulan en las redes sociales dirigidas a específicas escuelas del condado de Prince George, las fuerzas del orden público locales han desplegado a agentes adicionales en las escuelas a lo largo del condado como medida de precaución.
Las escuelas están abiertas hoy como estaba previsto. Tomamos muy en serio las amenazas a nuestros estudiantes y seguiremos trabajando con el Departamento de Policía del Condado de Prince George para investigar estas amenazas.
Para reportar cualquier actividad sospechosa, por favor póngase en contacto con el Departamento de Policía del Condado de Prince George llamando al 866-411-TIPS.
FCPD is aware of online threats. Police do not believe threats are credible.
— Fairfax Schools (@fcpsnews) October 3, 2016
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