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Police, school board conducting joint investigation

By KATIE FITZPATRICK and LAURA DUKES

Staff writers

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Thursday morning bomb threat at Patuxent High School.

At 10:20 a.m. Thursday, a bomb threat, in the form of graffiti found in one of the school bathrooms, was made, said Lt. Steve Jones of the sheriff’s office. According to Calvert County Public Schools Executive Director of Administration Kim Roof, all staff and students were evacuated from the building at 11:45 a.m. The graffiti was found by a student, Jones said, after which an evacuation ensued.

Based on the information in the graffiti note, officials did not feel immediate evacuation was necessary, Jones said.

The sheriff’s office conducted a scan of the school and did not find evidence of a bomb, Jones said. At 12:37 p.m., all students and staff returned to the building to complete the remainder of the day, according to the email. Detectives remained at the school interviewing students Thursday afternoon.

Roof said there had never been a verbal bomb threat but would not go into the specifics of the threat that was found.

She said the school followed the school system’s protocol while evacuating the building.

“The school did an excellent job in following procedures,” Roof said.

Roof said classes resumed as usual once students were allowed back in the building.

Making a bomb threat is a felony, Jones said, and the sheriff’s office is working closely with the school board and will consult with the Calvert County State’s Attorney “if we close the case” to file appropriate charges if necessary.

Jones said Tuesday morning a “person of interest” has been interviewed but no arrests have been made. He said the case is being transferred to the Calvert Investigative Team and a joint investigation with the Calvert County Board of Education is being conducted.

“Law enforcement is taking this very seriously,” Jones said.