Crime, Education, Police/Fire

Online threat against Perry Hall High School investigated, increased police presence expected on Friday

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Authorities are investigating a threat that was posted to social media this week that circulated among students at Perry Hall High School.

The threat, which someone captured via a screenshot and posted online, reads, “[Expletive] this [expletive] school bro, sick and tired of [redacted]’s new rules. It [sic] all [expletive] and she’s gonna [sic] pay tomorrow for it…by the time the find my gun half this whole [expletive] school gonna [sic] be pumped with bullets…”

The threat appeared online on Thursday with the caption, “STAY HOME TOMORROW, NO ONE GO TO SCHOOL.”  The message does not seem to specifically mention Perry Hall High School, but rather was circulated among PHHS students.

Board of Education of Baltimore County member Julie Henn on Friday posted the following update from the Perry Hall High School Principal:

Dear Parents and Guardians of Perry Hall High School,

I am writing to update families regarding the threat that was shared on social media last evening. I have been in communication with the BCPS Department of School Safety and Security and Baltimore County Police who determined through their investigation that the original threat did not name Perry Hall High School, nor any staff or student associated with Perry Hall HS or Baltimore County Public Schools. We are aware that several versions of the original threat have been adapted to name “PHHS” or “Perry Hall.”

Police believe the only connection to Perry Hall HS is that the message began circulating among students and members of the Perry Hall Community. The threat is believed to have originated in a neighboring district where police are investigating the matter. Perry Hall High School will operate as normal.

Thank you to those parents who reached out to tip lines, police, and to me to share your concern and support. Let this serve as an important reminder for all of us – students and parents alike – to inform school staff or police any time you or your child sees, hears, or reads anything that is suspicious or that may pose a threat to the school or its students. We all have a role to play in ensuring that our school remains a safe and secure learning environment for our children.

Thank you for your continued support of your child, Perry Hall High School, and our community. If you have any questions, please call me at 443-809-5108.

Per Councilman David Marks, the Baltimore County Police Department adds that “as a precaution we will have extra police officers at Perry Hall HS (on Friday) for extra coverage.”

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