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Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Westland Middle School Receive Social Media Threats

Police increase presence on both campuses Friday

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Authorities are investigating “threatening” social media messages made Thursday to Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (B-CC) and Westland Middle School in Bethesda by a former student of both schools, according to Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) officials.

The threatening posts were made on Facebook, Montgomery County Police spokesperson Lucille Baur said. Baur declined to address the nature of the threats.

Baur said a School Resource Officer was present at both schools Thursday, and additional officers are present today.

B-CC Principal Donna Redmond Jones sent a letter to families Thursday informing them of the threats and said Montgomery County police are investigating the situation.

“If you or your child becomes aware of any social media posts of concern, please contact a member of the school’s administrative team,” the letter said.

Schools operated normally on Thursday and will maintain a regular schedule today as well, according Montgomery County Public School spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala.

“Kids are worried,” said a Westland Middle School staff member, who asked to remain anonymous. “The principal got on the PA system this morning [Friday] and talked to the kids.”

WJLA first reported this story.

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