PGCPS Student arrested for school threat in Prince George’s Co.

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Parkdale High School – Riverdale Maryland

RIVERDALE, MD – A student was arrested in connection with threats of mass violence towards a high school in Prince George’s County.

On Monday, police issued a statement below stating that, a juvenile student of Parkdale High School was arrested. Police say the student created a social media account (Twitter) with a clown theme while in class. The student used this account to send out threats to the school.

The student is being charged with mass of violence and other related charges.

Parkdale High School was not the only school to receive threats. Eleanor Roosevelt High School canceled all outdoor activities on Monday due to threats.

Prince George’s County police said they aim to arrest anyone they can link to the threats that appear to be linked to a nationwide epidemic of threats with a so-called “creepy clown” theme.

Schools in Northern Virginia were also on high alert on Monday after crazed clowns took to social media threatening to kill teachers and students.

Prince George’s County Police released the following statement:

Student Arrested for Making Online Threat Against School

Prince George’s County Police Department Homeland Security Division detectives arrested a suspect in connection with a threat of mass violence to Parkdale High School in Riverdale. The suspect, a juvenile, is a student at the school.
The preliminary investigation reveals the suspect set up a Twitter account with a clown theme while in class. From this account, he threatened to harm anyone at Parkdale High School during the school day today. The suspect is charged with Threat of Mass Violence and other related charges.
Detectives also identified a student who made a bomb threat to Bladensburg High School over social media. Bladensburg High School officials are taking disciplinary action against this student.  Preliminarily, this threat does not appear credible.  Criminal charges in this case have not been placed pending additional investigation.
There are at the moment similar threats to schools which we are investigating.  Though arrests have not been made in these cases at this time, detectives, the Prince George’s County Public School System, and FBI agents with the Baltimore Field Office have leads that they are actively pursuing. Please monitor our social media for any updates.
Detectives ask that anyone who see threats of violence on social media to please call police instead of immediately forwarding that post. This helps detectives trace the origin of the threat more quickly.  Detectives will continue to thoroughly investigate all threats of violence posted to social media.

“While perpetrators may believe certain apps provide anonymity, these investigations show otherwise,” said Chief Hank Stawinski. 

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.
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Prince George’s County Public Schools later released the following statement Monday night:

“Over the weekend, anonymous threats were made against several Prince George’s County schools on social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. As a precaution, local law enforcement deployed additional officers at schools throughout the county. Prince George’s County Police Department announced an arrest in connection with the threats this evening. Police and school security will remain vigilant all week for any suspicious activity. We will work with Prince George’s County Police Department as they continue to investigate these threats.

We have heard from many of you expressing concern over not receiving prior notification from the school system regarding these threats. We generally work with our law enforcement partners on our public statements concerning threats, whether true or unsubstantiated. However, we understand that you may need additional information for reassurance and we will keep that in mind for future incidents.

The safety of our students is our top priority. Please use this as an opportunity to remind your child to immediately speak to a teacher or school administrator about any safety concerns. We want your child to know our school environment is safe and focused on their academic success.”

 

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