Anne Arundel Schools React After Racist Threats On Social Media
BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Two schools in Anne Arundel County are on high alert after a series of racial threats. Annapolis High School and Arundel High school both under stepped-up security as police investigate.
Extra patrol cars outside of Annapolis High School, as police ensuring students are safe during arrival and dismissal. The increased security after school officials say several tweets from a twitter account called "kkkforeal" threatened Annapolis High.
A similar incident occurred at Arundel High School yesterday. That's the other schools where police presence will be increased.
"kkkforeal" tweeted at the Anne Arundel County schools Twitter account Monday night, saying it was "blowing up Annapolis High school tomorrow."
It also tweeted that "black [expletive] better run."
Anne Arundel County Police say the tweet was a copy cat of a similar threat made against Arundel High on Monday.
The tweet that referenced Arundel High, in Gambrills, mentioned the "Kool Kids Klan," referring to a racist petition that was discovered at the school last week. The tweet also threatened an attack, which prompted a police investigation. The petition was confiscated by school staff and turned over to police.
"We think it's not going to happen but it could happen. It's a possibility and I think police should still take action," says one student.
"We don't think that there is any credibility to this threat. Any threats we take very seriously, especially threats to our school. Our student safety here in Anne Arundel County is a major priority," says Lt. Ryan Frashure, with Anne Arundel County Police.
The Anne Arundel County Schools Superintendent, and principals of both high schools, sent letters to parents condemning the threats and discrimination, but some are still uneasy.
"I think they should've sent the students home and it makes me want to take my son out of school right now," says one parent.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools Chief Communications Officer Bob Mosier says parents should be concerned, but also should discuss the situation with their children.
"Parents should be worried and talking to their children about their children's fears, but should also be assured that we are doing everything in junction with county police that we possibly can to keep their children safe in school."
And once again there are no credible threats. The schools are just being cautious.
The students behind the petition have been identified and are facing disciplinary action. Arundel High School is now offering lessons that teach tolerance.
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