RISING SUN — A 17-year-old Rising Sun High School student has been banned from school grounds after making a “veiled threat” about graduation in a Facebook post, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Mike Holmes, Cecil County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said the school contacted law enforcement on Thursday morning and the sheriff’s office conducted an investigation alongside the school. The student who made the post was identified and interviewed, he added.
“The student stated it wasn’t his intent to cause any harm, but it’s something we take seriously,” Holmes said.
Holmes said it was his understanding that the student was banned from graduation and also from school grounds by the school system. CCSO is working with the State’s Attorney Office and the Department of Juvenile Services to determine whether charges might be filed against the student, Holmes added.
Holmes also noted that the sheriff’s office always has a presence and security plans for the county’s graduation ceremonies.
Kelly Keeton, a Cecil County Public Schools spokesperson, said in a statement that the threat was addressed immediately and that all threats are taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.
“As we saw in this situation, the open lines of communication that exist between the school, law enforcement and the community allow school administrators to immediately address concerns that are brought forward,” she said. “The issue was resolved and will result in both disciplinary and legal consequences.”
The alleged threat against RSHS graduation is at least the third such threat against county schools this school year. In October, a Cecil College student was detained and later sent to a mental health facility after he made graphic drawings of a shooting at a Cecil County school while at a California treatment facility.
A few days later, a student at the Providence School, a non-public school for students with special needs, was referred to the Department of Juvenile Services after threatening to shoot four school staff members and “anyone who tried to stop him.”