Gaithersburg Police will continue to maintain a police presence at Gaithersburg High School all day Tuesday after concerned parents and students reported a possible threat to the school over the Presidents’ Day holiday.
The police deployment represents the fourth threat-related incident at a Montgomery County high school in the days following the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during which a former student killed 17 people with a high-powered rifle.
“Yes, there was a rumor going around of a possible threat to the high school,” said Gaithersburg Police Officer Dan Lane, a department spokesperson. “As a result of it, detectives did investigate the threat to see if it was credible or not.”
The threat, Lane said, came in the form of a social media posting, though he admitted that he had not seen the posting in question.
“I’ve just seen the text message sent to a group of people stating that there’s possibly going to be an incident at the high school,” he said. “As a result for a concern of staff and students, we have increased police presence here. We have been there all morning.”