- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
n No trouble reported at Saturday’s games
Basketball games moved to Saturday due to threats of violence at the scheduled Friday games were held without incident, school officials reported.
Four high school basketball games scheduled for Friday between Westlake and North Point were rescheduled after a rumor that an unspecified student was threatened with violence at one of the games “swept both high school communities,” Charles County Public Schools spokeswoman Katie O’Malley-Simpson said.
O’Malley-Simpson said the rumor was vague but that it “caused enough concern that we decided to reschedule.”
A letter from North Point Principal Kimberly Hill and Westlake Principal Chrystal Benson, emailed and sent home to parents Friday, went into little more detail.
“We have a general practice of not reporting on rumors; however, sometimes we need to address information that has spread, especially through social media like Facebook, Instagram and text messaging,” the letter reads. “There is a rumor circulating in the North Point and Westlake high school communities that a high school student has been threatened and that threat would be carried out tonight at the basketball game. We know this sounds vague, but the administration at both schools and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office are investigating and have found nothing firm.”
The varsity girls and boys games were held Saturday without incident, O’Malley-Simpson said.
The two junior varsity games were rescheduled for Feb. 19.
Police and school staff are continuing the investigation of the rumor.
Diane Richardson, spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, said school resource officers take all threats and rumors “very seriously.”
Joel Davis and GRETCHEN PHILLIPS