Statement from Wicomico County Public Schools:
Parkside High School was one of many schools in the tri-state region that received an automated call with a bomb threat on the morning of Monday, Jan. 11. School personnel immediately notified law enforcement and an investigation was conducted. While the automated bomb threat was found not to be credible, a thorough search of the building and grounds was conducted to ensure the safety of students and staff as the school day continued. The Wicomico County Board of Education and Wicomico County Public Schools place the highest priority on the providing a safe learning environment, and appreciate the support of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office in this effort.
Parkside Principal Kimberly Pinhey informed parents and guardians of the incident in a SchoolMessenger call this afternoon:
“This morning we received a robotic call to our main office indicating there was a bomb in the building. Police were notified immediately and standard procedures were followed. Although it was determined that this was a non-credible threat, the building and grounds were searched systematically in cooperation with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department and the Wicomico Board of Education to ensure our building continues to be safe and secure.
Please know that the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this situation and identify the person(s) responsible for the threat. Upon identification of the person(s) responsible the maximum penalty will be imposed by Wicomico County Board of Education and the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department.
We are disheartened by this threat to the safety of our staff and students and the disruption of our school. We will continue to provide a safe place for our staff to work and our students to learn and grow. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to accomplish this goal at Parkside.
If you have any questions, concerns or information, please contact me at 410-677-5143.”