Montgomery County Public Schools officials evacuated two county high schools Wednesday morning after unknown persons called the schools with bomb threats.
The first of the two threats was phoned in to Winston Churchill High School in Potomac at approximately 7:20 a.m., after which school officials ordered the building evacuated. Following a short delay, students and teachers returned to the building by 8:30 a.m. after Montgomery County Police responded to the situation and cleared the school for re-entry, Montgomery County Public Schools Spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala said.
“Based on a very limited general call, we checked out the building and found nothing there,” said Montgomery County Police Spokesman Capt. Paul Starks. “They’re back to normal functioning.”
Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda was also evacuated just over three hours later after the school received a bomb threat at 10:52 a.m., according to Montgomery County Police.
“The school has been evacuated,” MPC Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti said. “It has not been cleared yet.”
Montgomery County high schools have been the recipients of at least six threats in the days since a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. on Feb. 14 that killed 17 people.
The most threatening scenario occurred at Clarksburg High School last Thursday where Alwin Chen was arrested for bringing a loaded gun to school. This week in court authorities said an arsenal of weaponry – including an AR-15-style rifle, revolvers, grenades and ammunition - were found in Chen’s home upon execution of a search warrant.
Other high schools that received threats of some nature are Damascus High School, Northwest High School and Gaithersburg High School. Those social media threats were determined not be credible by police.