Police presence expected at Perry Hall High School after incident in parking lot
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Perry Hall High School officials say there will be an additional police presence on Friday after an incident in the school’s parking lot Thursday afternoon.
The letter sent home to parents did not give much detail but did say the incident is being investigated by Baltimore County Police and there is no credible threat to the school, students or staff.
"I am writing to inform you of an incident that was brought to my attention this afternoon which may have occurred in the parking lot at school and might be circulating on social media. The incident is currently being investigated by the Baltimore County Police. Out of an abundance of caution, I have requested additional police to be present at Perry Hall High School tomorrow, January 19, until this police investigation has been concluded.
At this point, we have not been made aware of any credible threat toward any of our students or staff, and the school will operate as normal. I will continue to keep our community informed once the police investigation has concluded.
The safety and security of students is a top priority of Perry Hall High School and the Baltimore County Public Schools. As with this case, it is important for all of us--student and parents alike--to inform school staff or police any time you or your child sees, hears, or reads anything that is suspicious or that may pose a threat to the school or its students. We all have a role to play in ensuring that our school remains a safe and secure learning environment for our children."
Baltimore County councilman David Marks, who is a graduate of Perry Hall, posted on Facebook saying, “any student who carries a gun on school property or a replica of a gun should be expelled and charged as an adult, period. End of story.”
Councilman Marks continued on saying, "it's time for the school system to step up and do everything possible to guarantee a culture of discipline at Perry Hall High School and across Baltimore County."
Baltimore County Public School Board of Education member Julie Henn also expressed her frustration on Facebook and has called an emergency meeting to "decide on a course of action to address these issues once and for all." Henn continued on saying, "It is time for the Board of Ed to step up and put policies in place that actually protect our students and teachers from such egregious violent acts as those committed at Perry Hall HS today."
This story will be updated.