2021 | Schools

Former MCPS student pleads guilty to threatening shooting at Kennedy High School

In separate case, Salinas also pleads guilty to sex offense

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A former John F. Kennedy High School student has pleaded guilty to threatening a shooting at the school in 2020.

On Feb. 13 and 14, 2020, Jason Salinas, 21, used an internet application to place calls to the school, posing as a woman he sexually assaulted, according to court records.

On May 3, he pleaded guilty to one count of threatening mass violence.

The same day, in a separate case, he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault for incidents in 2018 involving the woman he impersonated.

He will be sentenced for both cases on June 28.

During the first call to Kennedy High, placed around the school’s dismissal time on Feb. 13, 2020, Salinas told the assistant principal he was “currently inside the school, walking down the hallway toward her office and was going to shoot her and security,” court documents said.

About five minutes later, Salinas called back and said he was across the street at a bus stop and was about to begin shooting.

The school was placed on lockdown and police remained on the scene until classes were dismissed.

Around the same time the next day, Salinas called again, claiming to be a former female student prepared to “shoot up” the school, according to court documents. The school was placed on lockdown while police searched the property.

Police determined that all three calls were made from the same internet protocol address in Prince George’s County, and that an internet phone service was used to make the calls.

Officers then interviewed and reviewed the phone records of the former student Salinas claimed to be in his call to the school on Feb. 14. She was ruled out as a suspect and, after being asked “if she had any issues with anyone that would want to cause trouble with her making the threat claims in her name,” the woman gave Salinas’ name.

She said he had sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions in 2018 and threatened her if she reported the assaults.

Police learned that Salinas had an active arrest warrant for alleged assaults of the woman.

In December 2018, the parent of a 19-year-old autistic woman told police her daughter, who is “high-functioning but has difficulty with social issues,” had been sexually assaulted in the summer, according to court documents.

In June 2018, Salinas contacted the woman and said he wanted to get together. While sitting on a park bench, Salinas allegedly touched the woman inappropriately, despite her objections, according to court documents.

He assaulted her again in October 2018, court documents say.

Salinas was arrested on Feb. 26, 2020, according to police.

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