Possible intruder in Quince Orchard Zoom class was friend of student

Suspected intruder during Quince Orchard High video class was actually friend of student

Person wearing ski mask, waving apparent gun, was just ‘kids being kids,’ police say

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Quince Orchard

When a person in a ski mask and a gun appeared behind a student participating in a Quince Orchard High School virtual class on Thursday, administrators called police.

But the masked person turned out to not be an intruder, according to police. Rather, it was a friend visiting a student in the class.

In an interview Thursday night, Montgomery County Police Department spokeswoman Rebecca Innocenti said officers found “no crime reported and no crime committed.”

“The story basically is that we had a case of kids being kids,” Innocenti said.

The incident started when a student logged on to an honors-level modern world class with their camera off, then “briefly” turned on their camera, according to a message Principal Elizabeth Thomas sent to community members.

When the camera turned on, two people appeared on screen. One was wearing a black ski mask and “waving what appeared to be a gun,” according to Thomas’ message. The teacher removed the student from the Zoom class and administrators called the Montgomery County Police Department.

Police checked on the student, and “notified us that the student was safe and what was seen on screen was an airsoft gun,” Thomas wrote.

“The student did confirm that the young man who appeared on screen was his friend that he had invited over.”

In her message, Thomas wrote that “this incident serves as a reminder about the importance of speaking to your child(ren) about appropriate behavior while engaged in virtual learning.”

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

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