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Police Press Release for January 11, 2017: School Incident Update

WESTERN DISTRICT

Arundel High School Incident  - Gambrills

On January 9, 2017 the Anne Arundel County Police Department was notified by school administrators at Arundel High School of a suspicious Twitter account. This account was created using similar language to a racist petition recovered by administrators at the school on January 6, 2017. The account was created under the name @KoolkidsKlanKkk and contained a tweet that read, “We’re planning to attack tomorrow”. Detectives were immediately notified and began an investigation. Working with Twitter and area communication vendors, detectives were able to identify the person responsible for creating the Twitter account and tweeting the threatening post. That person was identified as a 14 year old student who attends Arundel High School.

The student was located and while in the company of her parents, interviewed by detectives. During the interview, the juvenile admitted that she created the Twitter account and sent the threatening tweet.  She was charged on a juvenile citation with disruption of school activities and released to the custody of her parents.

Suspect: 14 year old, black female
 

 

Date: 01/13/17
Release Time: 2:30 p.m.
 

WESTERN DISTRICT

School Incident Update - Gambrills

After conversation with members of the community it has come to the attention of Anne Arundel County Police department that there has been some miscommunication with regard to the incidents that occurred at Arundel High School recently. The following is a summary of those events to clarify the chain of events. 

On January 6, 2017 the Anne Arundel County Police Department was made aware of a petition containing racially charged, highly offensive language, and anti-African-American sentiment that was passed around among a few students at Arundel High School. School administrators recovered the petition and quickly identified the student responsible as well as two other students who signed the petition.  After conferring with the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Police Department confirmed that the petition and behaviors of these students, who were Caucasian, were both disturbing and reprehensible but did not to rise to the level of a criminal offense. Because no crime was committed, the school handled the incident internally. 

On January 9, 2017 the Anne Arundel County Police Department was notified by school administrators of a threatening Twitter post. The poster used similar language to the above racist petition recovered by administrators.  The account was created under the name @KoolkidsKlanKkk and contained a tweet that read, “We’re planning to attack tomorrow.”  As a result of this threat, a large number of students did not report to school for fear of their safety.  Detectives were immediately notified and began an investigation. Working with Twitter and area communication vendors, detectives were able to identify the person responsible for creating the Twitter account and tweeting the threatening post. That person was identified as a 14–year-old African-American student who attends Arundel High School.  Since the post stated a direct threat of violence and caused serious concern and disruption in the educational activities of a large number of students, she was charged on a juvenile citation with disruption of school activities and released to her parents. 

These two incidents are being handled as separate incidents and are related only by the name “Kool Kids Klan” that was used in the narrative of the petition on January 6 and the Twitter account created on January 9. The young lady involved in the second incident had no involvement in the incident regarding the original hate speech incident. 

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