Winters Mill Principal shares information from Carroll County Public Schools about the anonymous threats posted on TikTok and other social media platforms

At this point many of you have heard about the threats posted on TikTok. I thought I would highlight local information for Carroll County shared by Michael C. Brown (The Principal of Winters Mill High School):

Important information from our Central Office! @CCPS_WMHS

Carroll County Public Schools has been made aware by the Maryland Center for School Safety of several anonymous threats posted on TikTok and other social media platforms. Some of these posts indicate that all schools in the United States will be targeted with violence on Friday, December 17th. Many of the posts share similar wording or are duplicative posts being shared by many. These “threats” have been determined to be unsubstantiated.

The Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC) and the Maryland Center for School Safety (MCSS) believe that these social media posts, which originated outside of Maryland, have contributed to the increase in threats throughout our region. This, combined with the continuous sharing of social media posts of concern, rather than reporting the concerns to law enforcement or local school systems, has increased concern for our students and staff.

Our Supervisor of School Security and Emergency Management is in constant communication with local law enforcement, and specifically our School Resource Officers from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office about these reported threats. We take great pride in keeping our students and staff safe in every school. Therefore, we take every threat or perceived threat very seriously and investigate each to the greatest extent possible.

At this time, there are ZERO substantiated threats being made to CCPS. If something were to change in which one of our schools is specifically threatened, we will work together with law enforcement to address it immediately. As always, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority.


Here is the tweet and the images shared on social media: https://twitter.com/MichaelCBrown54/status/1471585894255710212?s=20

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I want to thank Principal Brown for sharing this information with his followers. I think it is great when school administrators keep their online followers informed. Email is a great tool for communication…but not the only tool that school systems should use to inform students, parents and the public.

I only wish the Carroll County Public Schools did a similar post on their website or social media platforms yesterday. I checked and this information has yet to be shared on those platforms. That is a bit disappointing.

Also…anyone else sick of TiKTok challenges related to schools? This is not the first and I am sure will not be the last.

Scott E

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