Queen Anne's County High School

Dfc. Andrew Neall stands at the entrance to Queen Anne’s County High School in this 2018 file photo. Parents and students should expect an increased police presence at county schools Thursday after a threatening statement was posted on SnapChat Wednesday.

CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne's County High School Principal Amy Hudock notified families in a letter Wednesday evening, Oct. 16, about a threatening statement posted on SnapChat.

The statement indicated there could be a “school shooting on Monday at QA.”

"Although the main statement does not specifically identify Queen Anne’s County High School, we immediately contacted the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, who has started an investigation," Hudock wrote.

"We are in close communication with them to assure the safety of all students, staff, and visitors at Queen Anne’s County High School. As a precaution, there will be an increased police presence tomorrow and next week in the parking lots as well as inside the building."

Queen Anne's County Sheriff Gary Hofmann said in a statement, "The safety and security of our schools, to include students, staff and visitors remains a top priority for all of us. Those responsible for initiating threats to the safety of citizens at our schools will be held accountable."

He noted the threatening statement did not specifically name Queen Anne's County High School, or any other school in the county, as an intended target.

Investigators will work closely with the Queen Anne's County Board of Education to monitor, report and investigate the threat, he said.

Anyone with information or who wants to report suspicious activity can call the sheriff's office at 410-758-0770 or the anonymous tips line at 410-758-8477, Hofmann said.

Hudock thanked the parents, students and community members who reported the post.

"We would appreciate everyone speaking with their student about the safe and appropriate use of social media and encourage them to report any threats to a trusted adult," Hudock said.

She invited anyone with questions to call her at the school, 410-758-0500.

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