Thursday, September 18, 2014

Deputies Respond to Threats at Great Mills & Leonardtown HS

Great Mills, Maryland - On September 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM, a male subject called the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) and reported people in the school had guns and were going to start shooting at 10:00 AM. The school was immediately contacted and locked down in accordance with SMCPS emergency protocols. Several Sheriff's Office deputies and troopers from the Maryland State Police arrived at the high school within minutes. A perimeter was established and the parking lot was closed to vehicular traffic. The entire school was systematically searched inside and outside for weapons. All lockers were searched as well. At approximately 12:25 PM, the search was complete and no firearms were found. The school returned to normal at short time later.  

Leonardtown, Maryland - On September 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM, a female subject called Leonardtown High School and reported a bomb was going off in the school at 11:30 AM. The school was placed on lockdown in accordance with SMCPS emergency protocols and deputies responded. The caller subsequently called again and indicated the bombs were going to go off. A perimeter was established and the parking lot was closed to vehicular traffic. The entire school was systematically searched by bomb detecting K9s and no devices were found. The school returned to normal at approximately 1:00 PM. 

Additional details will be released as they are developed.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to call the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Duty Officer at 301.475.4040 or CRIME SOLVERS at 301.475.3333 (callers can remain anonymous), or text a tip to "TIP239" plus your message to '"CRIMES" (274637). 

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