UPDATE 12:20 p.m.-
GMHS has been cleared by law enforcement. GMHS will dismiss at 12:45 p.m. — SMCPS_MD (@SMCPS_MD) December 5, 2018
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UPDATE 11:49 a.m.– In a quick briefing across the street from the school, a member of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office(SMCSO) informed gathered parents that everyone is safe and fine within the school. They received information and reacted by securing the school. Parents were directed to Regional Park for more information when available.
The Southern Maryland Chronicle will update the community when information is released by the SMCSO.
UPDATE 11:23 a.m.- Another Text message was received by parents at 11:11 a.m.:
“SMCPS: GMHS is on lockdown. PARENT: no one is allowed to enter the building or leave during a lockdown. Updates will be provided as soon as possible.”
While GMHS is on lockdown, no students will be permitted to enter or leave, parents please do not report to the school until the building has been cleared, we will send information as soon as it is available from the sheriff’s office — SMCPS_MD (@SMCPS_MD) December 5, 2018
The lockdown at Great Mills High School is a precautionary measure. There is no threat to students or the neighboring community. Parents are asked to remain at home or work. Any media are asked to go to the FOP lodge. — St. Mary’s Sheriff (@firstsheriff) December 5, 2018
Great Mills, MD- At 10:19 a.m. the St. Mary’ County Computer Automated Dispatch(CAD) has listed a School Resource Officer dispatch. At 10:46 a.m. several parents of students received texts saying
” SMCPS: GMHS( Great MIlls High School) is on lockdown as a precaution due to an unconfirmed report of an armed suspect in the area. No one is permitted to enter/leave until cleared by the Sheriff.”
Great Mills High School has been placed on lockdown. Reported sightings of a possibly armed individual in the area have been made. As a precaution to keep students and faculty safe the school is on lockdown with a large police presence on scene and in the area of the school. — St. Mary’s Sheriff (@firstsheriff) December 5, 2018
Another parent has contacted the Southern Maryland Chronicle and sent a picture of a text they received from their child, which the child states, ” idk, I’m freaking out. the cop came in our class with a big gun”.
Please stay with the Southern Maryland Chronicle for this developing story.