Prince George's County Public Schools
News Release

Prince George’s County Public Schools • www.pgcps.org
Kevin M. Maxwell, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer | email: ceo@pgcps.org
14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
October 3, 2016
For Immediate Release
CONTACT:
Office of Communications
301-952-6001
communications@pgcps.org
UPDATE: Statement on Social Media Threats • Mensaje acerca de las amenazas en las redes sociales

Over the weekend, anonymous threats were made against several Prince George’s County schools on social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. As a precaution, local law enforcement deployed additional officers at schools throughout the county. Prince George’s County Police Department announced an arrest in connection with the threats this evening. Police and school security will remain vigilant all week for any suspicious activity. We will work with Prince George’s County Police Department as they continue to investigate these threats.

We have heard from many of you expressing concern over not receiving prior notification from the school system regarding these threats. We generally work with our law enforcement partners on our public statements concerning threats, whether true or unsubstantiated. However, we understand that you may need additional information for reassurance and we will keep that in mind for future incidents.

The safety of our students is our top priority. Please use this as an opportunity to remind your child to immediately speak to a teacher or school administrator about any safety concerns. We want your child to know our school environment is safe and focused on their academic success.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mensaje acerca de las amenazas en las redes sociales

Este fin de semana pasado, varias amenazas fueron hechas contra las escuelas de Prince George en varias redes sociales, incluyendo Facebook y Twitter. Como precaución,  la fuerza de leyes locales mandó oficiales de seguridad adicionales a las escuelas a través del condado.  El Departamento de Policía del Condado de Prince George anunció un arresto en conexión a las amenazas esta noche.   La policía y seguridad permanecerá en vigilancia durante la semana de cualquier actividades sospechosas. Trabajaremos con el Departamento de Policía del Condado de Prince George mientras continúan de investigar estas amenazas. 

Hemos oído de muchos de ustedes expresando preocupación acerca de que no recibieron notificación de antemano de estas amenazas. Nosotros trabajamos con nuestros socios en la fuerza de leyes locales para desarrollar avisos comunitarios, aun siendo ciertos o sin causa.  Nosotros entendemos que puedan necesitar información adicional para asegurarlos y nosotros tendremos eso en mente para futuros incidentes. 

La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes es nuestra prioridad principal. Por favor use esto como una oportunidad para recordarles a su hijo/a que hable inmediatamente con un maestro/a o administrador/a escolar acerca de cualquier preocupación de seguridad. Nosotros queremos que su hijo/a sepa que nuestras escuelas son seguras y enfocadas en su éxito académico. 

 Gracias por su apoyo continuo. 

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Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.


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