2021 | Schools

Bomb threat sent to hundreds of MCPS employees, students, but it was ‘not credible’

Several schools were included

Someone emailed a bomb threat to several hundred Montgomery County Public Schools employees and students on Sunday night, police said.

Officer Rick Goodale, a Montgomery County police spokesman, told Bethesda Beat on Monday morning that the threat was determined to be “not credible.”

Goodale did not have additional details and referred all other questions to school system officials.

In a message sent to all students and staff members Monday morning, MCPS wrote that “a bomb threat was sent to a large number of MCPS staff and students.”

In a text message, district spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala wrote that the threat was sent to “at least a couple hundred” people at a “number of schools.”

Neither police nor the school district disclosed the contents of the message.

There were no classes scheduled for MCPS students on Monday, because of the Easter holiday. All students are scheduled to take virtual classes on Tuesday and Wednesday before in-person classes resume on Thursday.

In its message Monday morning, MCPS asked parents to remind their children that making a bomb threat “is a dangerous act that violates both school rules and public laws.”

Anyone with information about the threat is asked to contact MCPS Security Supervisor Mike Harting at michael_d_harting@mcpsmd.org.

Bethesda Beat Reporter Dan Schere contributed to this story.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com