3/8/2018 School-Related Press Release from Chief Cudmore

**SCHOOL RELATED PRESS RELEASE**

Please share with any parents you may know who have been concerned:

Statement of Police Chief Donald C. Cudmore:

"Late yesterday afternoon, it was reported to the Georgetown Police Department that a rumor was circulating among the Penn Brook Elementary School community that a specific student had made a threat to commit an act of violence at the school.

The Georgetown Police Department takes school safety very seriously and immediately conducted a thorough investigation. The results of that investigation indicated that this was nothing more than a rumor and that no student had made a creditable threat against the Penn Brook School, the students or any other school in Georgetown. Similar rumors have circulated throughout the nation since the horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, 2018 including rumors at various schools throughout the area.

Please be assured that there is no threat to our schools, students or faculty, and the schools are safe. Out of an abundance of caution, I have continued to direct police officers to work security details outside each school building throughout the Georgetown School District. Given the national climate and safety concerns, I feel that this is a prudent use of our resources. The safety and well-being of our children will always come first."

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