Worcester Co. State's Attorney says despite rumors, their schools are safe

Worcester Co. State's Attorney says despite rumors, their schools are safe
Posted at 7:36 PM, Feb 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-24 19:36:58-05

The Worcester County State's Attorney wants to set the record straight after seeing rumors about county schools on social media. 

In a release, Bill McDermott said that after the Parkland Florida shooting, one of their schools received a potential threat. He continued to say that an investigation took place and appropriate action was taken. 

"This Office was made aware of a potential threat earlier this week. Members of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, The Maryland State Police, The Berlin Police Department, The Office of the State’s Attorney, The Board of Education and the Combined Bureau of Investigation fully and completely investigated the matter. Interviews were conducted, assessments were completed and appropriate action was taken," explained McDermott in the release. "As a result of that action, law enforcement can say that any information that suggests that schools in Worcester County are unsafe is false. We will continue to receive, monitor and investigate any new information. We will also continue to meet our obligations of keeping the public informed through traditional, verified and vetted means of communication. To that end, unless information regarding public safety originates with one of the aforementioned allied law enforcement agencies, we would ask you to treat it skeptically and with great caution."

McDermott also said in the release that law enforcement agencies and the Board of Education are routinely monitoring social media for new information and possible threats.