Monocacy Middle School

Monocacy Middle School

The Frederick Police Department and Frederick County Public Schools responded Sunday to a “credible threat” made on social media to shoot students at Monocacy Middle School, according to a police department news release.

The person or persons making the threat, however, did not have access to the means to carry it out, the release said.

Police have identified a “primary suspect” in the investigation, against whom charges are pending, according to the release. Police public information officer Allen Etzler confirmed this person is a student at Monocacy Middle School. He said the department has interviewed several other people, but did not believe there were charges pending for additional students.

The post, which originated on TikTok — a video-oriented social media platform — targeted several specific students and a broader student population, Etzler said. The department is not sharing the number of students targeted or identifying the specific population named in the post, Etzler said.

School resource officers were immediately made aware of the threat and began to investigate, according to the FPD release. Families of specific targets have been notified, it read.

FCPS shared information about the threat over email with families at Monocacy Middle and Middletown Middle School on Sunday, system spokesman Brandon Oland said. The schools have similar initials, he explained, which had caused some confusion for Middletown Middle families. In an email to families, the school’s principal, Paul Fer, wrote that FCPS will continue working with law enforcement to keep them in the loop on “measures being put in place to ensure the safety of students and our school community.”

Though the police department and FCPS no longer believe there is an active threat against Monocacy Middle, the agencies will have an increased presence at the school in the coming days, Sunday’s FPD release read. Etzler said he couldn’t provide additional information about how FPD will be increasing its presence at the school, since the department’s investigation is ongoing.

“We just want to make sure parents feel safe,” he said.

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(42) comments

DickD

Growing up in a rural county almost every boy had a gun at age 16. Most went deer hunting and small game. It was a way of life and the NRA had nothing to do with it. We didn't shoot others. A gun was a tool, a dangerous tool. You had to respect it and obey safety rules.

gabrielshorn2013

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Absolutely agreed Dick!!!

https://gunsafetyrules.nra.org/

https://www.washingtongunlaw.com/12-golden-rules

BabaYaga

Yet guess who just made a threat to shoot someone? A kid or group ofkids who have no access to firearms. Most likely raised by people who do not have firearms or understand the culture of gun owners. Gun owners are the most responsible people in the US.

olefool

baba: Until they start shooting people...

Hayduke2

Wow, baba. Please show me the source for this claim.

Awteam2021

Baba, 83% of mass shootings in America are done by gun owners or guns owned by family members, often their children.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/476461/mass-shootings-in-the-us-by-legality-of-shooters-weapons/

gabrielshorn2013

Aw, from the article:

"83 of the mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and April 2021 involved weapons which were obtained legally; a clear majority. Only 16 incidents involved guns that were obtained illegally."

83, not 83%. Of those "legally obtained" firearms, there were many, that had their states properly reported to NICS, would not have been legally able to obtain a firearm. Sutherland Spring TX, and VA Tech come to mind. Adam Lanza used his mother's legally purchased firearms after he murdered her. His mother was clearly careless with her clearly disturbed son.

Hayduke2

So, if "hunting" continues to show a decline ( loss of over 2.2 million buying a license ) since 2011 until 2015, why do so many claim the need for more and more firearms? I am sure I will get the " for protection " answer but my experience is that is not the case but a convienent response. Could it be the fear mongering and push by organizations like the NRA?

gabrielshorn2013

That's easy hay, and you already know the answer; because they can under the 2A. Now, research who the fastest growing segments of the gun-buying public are. Hunting is not the only shooting sport. There are tons of other applications, such as trap and skeet, and range-based competions all around the country.

Hayduke2

Not so easy gabriel - much of the increase is first time owners, who buy because of other reasons. Shooting sports are not a major reason for the increase in the 39% of households who own some type of firearm.

gabrielshorn2013

I never said the increase was due to those additional sports. You asked why, if hunting decreased, that the numbers of owners increased. I only mentioned that there is more then hunting in shooting sports, so your assumption that the number of gun owners should not have increased because of that is in error. I never said that the 39% increase was due to such sports. Did you figure out who the majority of first-time buyers was yet? Women, and minorities for protection. Why? Because they can. It's a Bill of Rights, not a bill of needs. A law-abiding citizen, with no criminal record is entitled to buy whatever legal firearm they wish. And they do.

Hayduke2

Your implication was for gun sports other than hunting- sorry but your backpedaling on that doesn’t fly Sorry, that’s the way it appears to me.

gabrielshorn2013

No backpedaling whatsoever. Let's look at it again. You asked why the increase, and the first sentence of my response answered your question; because they can under the 2A. I then asked you who those people were that were causing the increase in my second sentence. I already knew, but was asking you. They are women and minorities, and the most stated reason was for protection. My final two sentences tell you that hunting is not the only shooting sport, and I gave three examples. Pretty straight forward.

Hayduke2

Sorry, nope.

gabrielshorn2013

Sorry hay, I can explain it to you, but I cannot make you understand it. Basic English sentence construction. You can (mis)interpret it any way you wish.

Hayduke2

I know you have superior skills gabe, you tell that to us all the time. Your way is the one true way.

gabrielshorn2013

smh...be well, hay. ✌

Hayduke2

I am well, thank you. Peace.

Plumbum

Good point, DickD! And not only did we have guns, the thought of shooting anyone never ever crossed our minds. Although, yes, there have been some incidents of teens shooting others (the Mark Ur murder).

And, we also drove our trucks to school with rifles on the gun rack.

olefool

What specifically were the threats; did they include shooting or bombing or any other bodily harm methods? These types of threats should be fully disclosed to the public, who made them and what is their agenda.. people making these threats fit the classic definition of a terrorist and should be dealt with accordingly, no more morally coddling "misunderstood" youth or their parents.

armillary

Strikingly similar story of two Florida middle schoolers just posted on WAPO site. They were a bit more enthusiastic than this one.

armillary

Thankfully, not every middle schooler makes targeted threats against other students. But this being America, I can't imagine a middle schooler who could not get their hands on a weapon through their social network. If we are safe, it's not because unsecured weapons are unavailable, it's just because so few would actually carry out their threats. We are awash in weapons.

sevenstones1000

We just need more good kids with guns, according to the NRA.

C.D.Reid

When did the NRA ever say that, seven? I tried to find it online but came up with zero results. Maybe you could provide a link?

LoveOneAnother

NRA Evp Wayne LaPierre said it in a press conference on December 20, 2012, right after Sandy Hook: “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” I hate to retype it because the idea has been proven wrong around the world. More guns = more death. Period.

C.D.Reid

And, by saying that, you think he was including children too young to even legally own a firearm, LoveOneAnother? Is that your interpretation?

6 Tips to Introduce Kids to Shooting from NRA Family

Every kid develops at a different rate, physically and emotionally. I know kids who were shooting so early that they killed their first deer at age five, and others who didn’t care much about shooting until high school. What age to start introducing firearms is a judgement call you’ll have to make.

If you have preschool- and school-age children who show an interest in firearms, go ahead and let them look at and handle your guns at home (unloaded, obviously, and under your close supervision). This develops a familiarity with guns, allows you to introduce the principles of gun safety, and satisfies a kid’s curiosity, hopefully fanning the flame of interest.

When my daughter was five or six, she’d stand in front of the gun safe every time we opened it, playing the “What’s that one? Can I touch it?” game of never-ending questions. We let her hold or touch every one she wanted to see. Patience is your friend here.

https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2020/11/17/6-tips-to-introduce-kids-to-shooting

Frankle1

The NRA literally has a training program for Pre-K to 3rd grade... "Eddie Eagle" they promote it as gun safety and accident prevention, but the Eddie Eagle program is ineffective, in real world situations only 1 in 11 children respond "correctly" in gun safety role play situations and ZERO were able to react properly in real life situations, but NRA still pushes this "safety program". NRA literature recommends "mature" children learn to shoot between the ages of 6-8. Maybe the leaders of the NRA haven't explicitly said "arm the children" but if you've ever been to an NRA youth event (I HAVE) a LOT of the parents are saying "arm the children."

olefool

C'mon folks, the NRA is a lobby and PAC for gun manufacturers. Their job is to make sure that the market for guns is wide and long. Wake up..

phydeaux994

Anyone of any age can get any gun for any purpose, anonymously and EASILY. Just this year we’ve had a 10 yo murder someone, they just arrested two 13 yo for a string of carjackings at gunpoint. How many children in our own County murdering with a gun and even a running gunfight through town. Thank you NRA.

gabrielshorn2013

"Anyone of any age can illegally get any gun for any purpose, anonymously and EASILY." There, fixed it for you phy. Anyone can get anything illegally, if they are so inclined, but you already know that, right? However, those with such an inclination are a very small minority of the population. The vast majority of the population, including firearm owners, are not so inclined.

gabrielshorn2013

@ Polite W. Woman aka N.W. aka P.P. aka L&M Sep 13, 2021 9:01am

What point are you trying to make here, pickles?

gabrielshorn2013

@ Frankle1 Sep 13, 2021 9:17am

The Eddie Eagle program is not a "one and done" program. It must be continually be reinforced at home, just like your kid doesn't become a math wiz by reading a book chapter once. My kids could recite the ten rules of firearm operation by the time they reached first grade, and we still practice them even though they are all now adults. Firearms are not now, nor have they ever been toys to negligently and irresponsibly play with; just like a bow and arrow, swords, knives, golf clubs, baseball bats, etc.

@gabe

You tell me what point I’m trying to make, what is your perception of my comment? I didn’t think you were that obtuse Gabe? Usually you understand my comments better than that?

gabrielshorn2013

@ pickles Sep 13, 2021 8:03pm

Not obtuse whatsoever pickles. You cut and pasted a part of an article from an NRA web page about parents introducing kids to the shooting sports. You made no point. Are you in favor, or opposed, and explain.

@gabe

First off I owe you no explanation for anything I post……second my comment wasn’t meant for you, probably why you don’t see my point. Not everything is about you gabe….so you feel free to scroll past my comments, I won’t mind. 🥱🥱

gabrielshorn2013

Jeez pickles, calm down and don’t be so defensive. You made a post, and I asked you what it meant. If you don’t want to respond…don’t. No big deal. No, it’s not about me. Never said it was. Feel free to scroll by mine too if that suits you.

MD1756

This being America, I wonder what the parents are teaching their children or are they learning this stuff by parents spending too much time away from their children?

BabaYaga

Most likely its parents and society that teaches these kids to be this way. It isnt the NRA, and it isn't owning guns that is the problem. Even here where we have a situation with not even a single gun, we have liberals blaming guns. That's the problem in America. Liberals here and elsewhere can't even name one single law on how they intend to stop these from occurring. There is no law that will stop this. Ever! What there is are complete bans of firearms and confiscations. That's what they want. Period. This is about kids not being raised correctly and society changing. I carry every day!

Awteam2021

Gun don’t kill people it’s people with guns. And parenting, and a society that shoots people more then any other western civilization. But NRA has nothing to do with it. They’re not part of the society 🤦‍♂️.

Awteam2021

… Or too many guns easily available, in a promoted macho gun culture, use to address social differences?

I’m going with the third option. 👍 “make my day”!~ Harry Callahan the character played by Clint Eastwood as, ‘Dirty Harry’ in the movie ‘Sudden Impact’. 🍿

MD1756

Just look at all the violence Hollywood (which generally leans towards the left) is putting out there for people to watch.

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