Winston Churchill High School in Potomac will have additional security on-campus Tuesday following recent online threats police deemed as not credible.
“As you know, the Winston Churchill Community, along with individual students and staff have been the target of on-line threats that have been shared widely across social media,” Principal John Taylor wrote in a letter to the school community Monday.
Administration immediately worked with the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), which determined the student involved was not in the area and there was “NO immediate credible threat,” Taylor said.
“MCPD is aware of a social media threat towards Churchill High School,” police wrote on Twitter Sunday night. “It has been investigated and documented, and determined that there is no credible threat.”
Taylor said additional security will be present Tuesday to ensure safety.
“In order to ensure that the campus and school are safe, MPD and MCPS Office School Safety and Security will be providing additional staff during arrival and throughout the day to ensure a safe and orderly school day,” he said. Counseling services will also be available.
“I fully believe that the threat to our school community has been mitigated,” said Taylor, and he believes it is safe for all students to come to school Tuesday.
Police said the department is partnering with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) on the incident and MCPS will handle any disciplinary action.
Taylor said, “Our team will work to determine and assign consequences for these behaviors, while also providing students with any needed support to stop these inappropriate behaviors.”
MCPD is aware of a social media threat towards Churchill High School. It has been investigated and documented, and determined that there is no credible threat. MCPD is partnering with MCPS regarding this incident, and any disciplinary action will be handled by MCPS.#mcpnews #mcps
— Montgomery County Department of Police (@mcpnews) May 29, 2022