Perry Hall High School placed on alert following verbal threat

perry-hall-high-schoolOfficials say a local high school was placed on alert status on Tuesday after receiving a threat.

School board member Julie Henn says that a threat was made against Perry Hall High School on Tuesday by an individual not on the campus.

The school was placed on alert status and BCPD are investigating.

Below is messaging sent by BCPS regarding this incident:

“Good afternoon Parents and Guardians of students attending school or camp activities at Perry Hall High School.

“Today, in an abundance of caution, the school was placed on alert status as police looked for a man who made a verbal threat against the school. The man is a BCPS employee but was not at the school when he made the comment. Police were immediately called when the threat was made and began patrolling the area around the school. Two officers were also stationed on school property. This happened after school dismissal but while some students were still on the school campus.

“Alert status means activities inside the school continue as normal but we do not allow any activities or movement outside.

“The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Thank you for your time and attention. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon.”

Eastern Tech students place in top 10 at national Future Business Leaders conference

BCPS FBLA 2017Towson, MD – Nine Baltimore County Public Schools students placed in the top 10 in their events at the 75th Annual Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference, held in Anaheim, CA, from June 29 – July 2.

The nationally top-ranking students are:

  • Shawn Nijjar, Saharsh Buddula, and Neelesh Mupparapu, of Eastern Technical High School – 1st place in Emerging Business Issues (a team event)
  • Jakob Decker, of Catonsville High School – 4th place in Introduction to Business Communication
  • Adrian Parker, of Randallstown High School – 4th place in Help Desk
  • Jordan Davis, of Randallstown High School – 7th place in Public Speaking II
  • Francis Maglaqui, of Eastern Technical High School – 9th place in Introduction to Business
  • Daniel O’Donnell, of Dulaney High School – 9th place in Mobile Application Development
  • Josh Talley, of Dulaney High School – 9th place in Mobile Application Development

In total, 58 BCPS students and seven BCPS advisers were part of the nearly 200 strong delegation from Maryland. The student participants qualified for their national level events by winning at both the regional and state level.They represented Catonsville, Dulaney, Eastern Tech, Hereford, Overlea, Parkville, Patapsco, Perry Hall, Randallstown, and Sparrows Point high schools. In addition to competing, students took part in a variety of leadership development sessions.More than 12,000 students attended the national conference from all 50 states, as well as China, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.

Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA – PBL) is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, FBLA – PBL helps more than 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.FBLA is a co-curricular organization for business and computer science students.BCPS has chapters at most high schools and has recently installed some chapters at the middle school level.

Next year’s national conference will be held in Baltimore. The Maryland FBLA will be looking for business partners to help judge the more than 70 business and computer science-related events.

More information on FBLA as well as video clips of the winners, when posted, can be found at the FBLA national website.

Flags in Md. to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday in memory of slain soldier

Eric HouckGovernor Larry Hogan has ordered the United States Flag and Maryland State Flag flown at half-staff on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from sunrise to sunset.

The flags are being lowered in memory of Army Sergeant Eric M. Houck, of Perry Hall, Maryland.

Sgt. Houck died on June 10, 2017 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Two other soldiers were also killed.

Sgt. Houck graduated from Perry Hall High School and leaves behind a wife, Samantha, a 5-year-old and a 3-year-0ld.  A  GoFundMe page has been established to help the family.

 

Army Sgt. Eric Houck, Perry Hall native, killed in Afghanistan

Eric HouckThe U.S. Army has announced that a Perry Hall man was killed in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced on Monday that Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Perry Hall, died while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Two other soldiers were also killed.

The men died on Saturday, June 10, in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.  The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.

The other two men killed were listed as Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina.

Councilman David Marks and the Perry Hall Improvement Association have scheduled a brief memorial service to be held on Thursday, June 15th. A wreath will be laid at the Perry Hall Veterans Memorial at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, with a short prayer to be offered by Pastor John Mohan from St. Michael Lutheran Church. The Veterans Memorial is located at Perry Hall Elementary School. All are welcome to attend.

Sgt. Houck graduated from Perry Hall High School and leaves behind a wife, Samantha, a 5-year-old and a 3-year-0ld.  A  GoFundMe page has been established to help the family.

Councilman Marks also announced on Monday that Sgt. Houck’s name would be the first new name added to the Towson war memorial since it was dedicated back in November.