MIDDLETOWN, Md. (WJZ) – The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said three Middletown High School students face criminal charges for making cyberbullying against Black students. One of the students faces gun possession charges.
Delegates responded to the school on Wednesday morning after a parent reported disturbing images. The images allegedly show students with what appears to be a gun, threatening “every Black student.”
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Deputies and school resources officers responded to the school about 9 a.m. of threats, which officials said were posted to Instagram and Snapchat. Officials said three students, 8th graders, have been identified and arrested.
Authorities said there was no imminent threat to the school and that evacuations were not made, and the school was never put on lockdown.
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During a search of student rooms Wednesday, deputies recovered two fake firearms: a light airgun and a BB gun. A handgun was also recovered.
During the investigation, the authorities performed a forensic download on the phone of the juvenile suspect. Officials said the students’ families were “fully cooperating” with the investigation. The ages of the students were not disclosed.
Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said the image is continuing to be reposted and re-shared in the community as residents continue to repost the photo in question. He asked to stop reposting so the community could “move on” from the incident.
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A representative for Frederick County Public Schools said three students are not allowed on campus at this time. Disciplinary action against students pending the conclusion of the Sheriff’s Office investigation.
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