Community members have contacted Frederick County Public Schools employees about school safety, following the tragic violence last week in Connecticut. Many are asking about rumors they have heard.
"FCPS and law enforcement agencies take all rumors very seriously," says Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban. "Please be assured that there has been no credible threat to the safety of our students or schools."
School staff and law enforcement officials did remove a Middletown High student from school today while investigation is under way about inappropriate social media content that the student posted. The school was never in any imminent danger. There have been other rumors circulating on social media about other schools.
"We follow up aggressively and quickly on any and all information that touches on the safety of our students. Local law enforcement officials are continuing to work closely with us to ensure school safety," says Michael Doerrer, FCPS spokesman.
"We ask community members, staff and parents to remember: If you see something, say something. You can report concerns to the Sheriff's Office non-emergency number: 301-600-1046 or to the Safe Schools Tip Hotline listed in your Calendar Handbook: 1-877-636-6332 or in an emergency call 911.
"Parents can also help by monitoring your children's social media sites.
"We appreciate everyone who is working in cooperation with school staff and local law enforcement so that our schools remain safe places for students to learn," Doerrer said.
FCPS has posted a video message from Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7JDB7noYpA .