Authorities Investigate Online Threat Toward Northwest High School

MCPS: Officials have no evidence that the threat is credible


Northwest High School


Montgomery County police stepped up security at Northwest High School on Friday as a precautionary measure because of an online threat toward the Germantown school. 

A student early Friday morning alerted authorities to a social media posting warning Northwest High students not to come to school that day, according to a message sent out by the Principal Jimmy D’Andrea. He wrote that police do not have any reliable information indicating the threat was credible.

“As a precaution, we will be having additional police presence at the school throughout the day. I will also be speaking to all students today about this posting and emphasizing the importance of telling an adult immediately if a student sees or hears anything of concern,” D’Andrea wrote. “Safety and security is our absolute top priority, and I am very proud of the student who made the call to the police this morning.”

Authorities are investigating, the principal wrote.

A spokesman and spokeswoman with the Montgomery County Police Department were not immediately available for comment.

The alleged threat comes one day after a Clarksburg High School student was arrested at school after police found he had a loaded handgun in his book bag and was also carrying a knife.

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