Ocean City Today

Police to monitor OP bus stops after harassment claim

By Kara Hallissey | Sep 28, 2017

(Sept. 29, 2017) Worcester County Public Schools sent home a letter to parents last Wednesday after two individuals in a vehicle with masks on allegedly harassed students at several bus stops in Ocean Pines.

“I do not think it’s a coincidence that ‘It’ is playing in Ocean City,” Ocean Pines Police Chief David Massey said. “We are taking the incidents seriously and have undercover and uniformed officers stopping at the 62 bus stops in Ocean Pines. We are working with the Board of Education and bus drivers. There has not been a recurrence.”

Worcester County schools included a list of student safety reminders in the letter sent home to parents regarding the suspicious activity, such as using the buddy system and staying an arm’s length away from strangers.

“In an effort to be proactive, students at affected schools were sent home with a letter encouraging parents to partner with us in an effort to reinforce general student safety practices,” Carrie Sterrs, Worcester County Board of Education spokesperson, said.

“Additionally, in partnership with the Ocean Pines Police Department, we asked parents and students to be alert and report any suspicious activity to the OPPD.”

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