Ocean City Today

False info spread about school safety

Readers' Forum
Mar 01, 2018



printed 03/02/2018



The unfathomable tragedies of Parkland Florida and other similar instances around the country have demonstrated the absolute necessity for responsive, informed and efficient law enforcement agencies.

As Worcester County residents we are blessed to live in a county where all allied law enforcement agencies work collaboratively to achieve our foremost responsibility of ensuring the safety and well-being of our citizens at all times.

As part of the modern investigative tool-box, law enforcement agencies in cooperation with the Board of Education are routinely monitoring social media for both new information and possible threats.

In doing so, it has come to the attention of law enforcement that there is misinformation that is currently being circulated that is causing many in our community to question whether or not our schools are safe. This information is categorically false, and not credible.

This Office was made aware of a potential threat earlier this week. Members of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, The Maryland State Police, The Berlin Police Department, The Office of the State’s Attorney, The Board of Education and the Combined Bureau of Investigation fully and completely investigated the matter. Interviews were conducted, assessments were completed and appropriate action was taken.

As a result of that action, law enforcement can say that any information that suggests that schools in Worcester County are unsafe is false. We will continue to receive, monitor and investigate any new information.

We will also continue to meet our obligations of keeping the public informed through traditional, verified and vetted means of communication. To that end, unless information regarding public safety originates with one of the aforementioned allied law enforcement agencies, we would ask you to treat it skeptically and with great caution.

Should you have questions, comments or concerns – feel free to contact any law enforcement agency immediately. We serve you, and will continue to keep you informed, educated and safe.

Bill McDermott, State’s

Attorney for Worcester County

Reggie Mason, Sheriff for Worcester County

Lt. Earl Starner, Maryland State Police Barrack

Commander for Berlin

Det. Sgt. Lindsay Lloyd, Worcester County Bureau of Investigation

Chief Arnold Downing, Berlin Police Department

Chief Ross Buzzuro, Ocean City Police Department

Chief David Massey, Ocean Pines Police Department

Chief Tom Davis, Snow Hill Police Department

Chief Bill Harden, Pocomoke City Police Department

Lou Taylor, Superintendent of Schools for Worcester County

Steve Price, Chief Operating Officer for Worcester County Schools

Maryland State Police

Criminal Enforcement Division

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