One arrested after social media post was believed to involve a Maryland High School
Authorities have arrested one person believed to be involved in a social media post that reportedly involved a Maryland high school.
Baltimore County police said on Sunday that the social media post was believed to involve Essex’s Chesapeake High School. Ultimately, the post did not make any reference to the school.
Police say the post originated in another state. The person responsible for the post has been arrested.
#BCoPD received a social media post believed to involve Chesapeake HS in Essex. Police have verified that the post originated from another state and authorities arrested the person responsible. #BCoPD continue to work with school officials on any allegations.^SV
— BACO Public Safety (@BACOPoliceFire) April 8, 2018
Anne Arundel County Public Schools said it had been made aware of a threatening post on social media against a school identified as “CHS.”
A concerned individual reported the post to the public school system under the believe that CHS referred to Chesapeake High School. The school has recently been the focus of racially charged incidents.
An investigation revealed that the post was related to an incident in a New Mexico school last week. The post posed no danger to staff or students at Chesapeake High School.
The Sheriff’s Office of St. Mary’s County also evaluated the threat to determine if “CHS” could have referred to Clovis High School.
Officials described the message a photo with the caption “Going Out with a Bang” and the letters “CHS.” The photo depicted a person with a handgun.
Police learned that the message referred to an incident at Chopticon High School in New Mexico, which has been previously investigated.
School safety is still a top concern at Maryland Schools after the Great Mills incident, which resulted in the death of a student and the gunman.
CHS isn’t the only school dealing with social media post issues. The University of Maryland, College Park removed its handbook for teaching assistants in its department of computer science from its website. The handbook was criticized on social media for reportedly giving misogynistic advice to teaching assistants (TA).
The book apparently told female TAs that male students may try to “challenge” their authority and “compromise” their status “by flippancy or suggestive remarks” because males may associate the computer science field with “male activity.”
The handbook also suggested that female TAs reassert their authority.
“It’s unfortunately the kind of practice you’re going to need at some time in the future; students may not be the only ones who will have difficulty accepting you as a professional,” the handbook read.
The handbook told male TAs that they will be challenged by female colleagues looking “to capitalize on the male-female dynamic to their advantage.” The book suggested that some female colleagues may engage in flirting or “provocative behavior.”
“The handbook has been removed from the site, and we apologize for its offensive contents. While the origin of this handbook is not immediately known, it does not reflect our department’s values or beliefs,” the department said in a statement. “We denounce all misogynistic attitudes toward women and will continue to work diligently to provide all students a warm and welcoming environment to learn and succeed.”
The handbook’s contents were brought to the attention of the department by a student. The handbook appears to have originated in 1998.
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