The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into a social media message depicting an individual holding a gun, with a caption which included the letters "CHS", and made the threat of "going out with a bang". The message was screen shot, and shared numerous times. The Sheriff’s Office and the St. Mary’s County Public Schools conducted a joint investigation into the origin of this message and evaluated the threat. Investigation determined this was a previously investigated incident and that the post referenced Clovis High School, in New Mexico, and not Chopticon High School. The individual responsible for making the threat was arrested on April 5, 2018.
Anyone who may have additional information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008. Callers can remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to "TIP239" plus their message to "CRIMES" (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.