A perceived threat of violence toward people at Walkersville High School prompted an investigation and the delay of an annual pep rally earlier this month.
Law enforcement and school officials determined the threat was a joke, but not until after talk about the statement had circulated on social media and alarmed a parent. The original threat was made verbally, said Michael Doerrer, director of communication for Frederick County Public Schools. People talked about it online, and this was brought to the attention of law enforcement.
Frederick County sheriff’s deputies responded to the social media post made April 16 about the threats to the pep rally the following day, said Taylor Clarke, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. No charges were filed in the case.
On April 18, Walkersville High sent a FindOutFirst email alerting parents and community members about the perceived threat and the postponement of the rally.