UPDATE: Student Charged, Perry Hall High Gun Threat Rumors Found False

Police confirmed that additional officers responded to Perry Hall High School on Wednesday.

UPDATE (Nov. 28, 4:08 p.m.)—While several police officers and a helicopter responded to Perry Hall High School on Wednesday, officials confirmed that rumors about a lockdown, gun threat and other violence among students were largely false. 

"There are a lot of rumors and stories circulating on social media. I know that Principal George Roberts and the police department have been very active and working very closely to make sure there are no problems," said Charles Herndon, a Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman. 

The rumors likely stemmed from a fight inside the school on Monday that led to a 14-year-old being charged, Elise Armacost, a Baltimore County Police Department spokeswoman, confirmed. 

According to Aramcost, at about 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 26, two boys—a 14-year-old freshman and a 17-year-old senior—got into a fight in a hallway. The fight was immediately broken up by school administrators and both boys were taken to the principal's office and disciplined.

The 14-year-old boy, who had used brass knuckles during the fight, was charged as a juvenile with second-degree assault, Armacost said. 

"The principal asked for a greater police presence today because people were feeling nervous after what happened on Monday," she added. 

Community members have been on high alert since a student opened fire inside the school cafeteria on the first day of school, leaving another student seriously wounded. 

Several parents had become concerned on Wednesday after reading about a possible gun threat and lockdown on social media. Some removed students from school. 

Those rumors, however, were found to be false, Herndon and Armacost confirmed. 

Still, police sent several officers and a helicopter to the Ebenezer Road school Wednesday morning. Two Student Resource Officers, with metal-detecting wands, were already stationed at the school.

"The increased police presence is a precaution and also to reassure parents and students. We do not believe there is any kind of threat," Herndon said. 

Herndon urged parents to "seek out reliable sources of information" and not to spread rumors on social media. 

Mary Kavanagh November 29, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Go to Perry Hall High School Love Project on Facebook and "Like" it. Read about the project there and on the Perry Hall High School home page. Donations and sponsorships are still welcomed! Thank you to Mr. Roberts, Mwr. Arnold, www.baltimoreloveproject.com, parents and PHHS Love Project Sponsors for helping to make a positive, healing statement for our children.
Jackie McTear November 30, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I have two children at the school. One's a senior and the other a Freshman. It really upsets me all this is happening in my daughter's last year and my son's first year. What great memories they will have, right? At this point I just want them to get through this year unscathed. In contrast, the past 3 years were great and my daughter still loves the school. I think it's way too crowded and impossible for the administration to see everything. I do agree it's so strange there isn't any kind of security at the front entrance. A cop should be there inside directing visitors to the office. My husband recommended video cameras in the cafeteria to be able to review any fights to see who was involved.
Nicole K. December 01, 2012 at 10:01 PM
This is not the Perry Hall High School that I once knew, and I only graduated in the late 90s. I find these incidents particularly saddening. But, these problems stem from home life and values. Some of my classmates were total jerks, but I think even they had the sense to resolve problems differently. There were occasional fights, but we never had to deal with fear of weapons and other threats. I'm not Polyanna and think it was all sunshine and rainbows, but even the punk-est punk I recall would not have resorted to the types of behaviors we keep hearing about now. The school, however, is way overcrowded. I wonder how they manage it, too.
Jeanne December 02, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Since some reporters were saying things on air that were not true after the shooting I rather hear from the students & staff that are there at the time of the incident.
Jeanne December 02, 2012 at 12:23 AM
A lot of the questions parents asked were questions about the shooter that the principal was NOT allowed to answer. Mr Roberts did the best he could answering questions within what he was allowed to say.


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