North Dorchester High School Shooting Plot Thwarted

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of a juvenile suspect, who threatened a shooting at North Dorchester High School.

Deputies say the suspect, who’s identity has not been released posted threatening pictures on the social media app Snapchat. In one image, he’s seen holding a gun with the caption “Locked and loaded for Monday.” Another shows a gun with the caption “Y’al want it Monday? @ND” (ND is an abbreviation for North Dorchester.) The third photo shows a handgun with the caption “Monday finna be a movie.” (Finna is slang for going to.) According to the Sheriff’s Office, the posts were discovered by citizens and reported to the authorities.

The suspect, identified only as a 16-year-old student at North Dorchester High School was taken into custody in the early morning hours of Monday after the Sheriff’s Office received a tip shortly before midnight on Sunday. A search of the suspect’s residence revealed no weapons. The suspect is “very un-cooperative with investigators,” according to authorities. He has been charged with Threat of Mass Violence and Disturbing School Activities.

In a statement, the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office said “There is no threat at this time.” Dorchester County Public Schools also released a statement saying in part “Once the Sheriff’s Office has completed the investigation, DCPS will follow procedure according to the Code of Conduct and Maryland state law.” They continued “Your child’s and our staff’s safety is our number one concern. Thank you for sharing information to help us keep our schools safe.”