Gun Threat At Patterson Mill High School Investigated

Students reported a suspicious conversation to school staff, according to a report.

UPDATE (11:13 p.m.)—A student allegedly threatened to bring a gun to Patterson Mill High School two weeks ago, police confirmed.

A freshman boy told two others students at lunch he had access to guns and wanted to shoot people in school, according to Capt. Keith Warner with the Harford County Sheriff's Office and a story on ExploreHarford.com. He told his fellow students his dad had a gun, Capt. Keith Warner wrote in an email to Patch Tuesday.

The other students reported the incident to school administration who then notified the school resource officer, Warner wrote.

The student reportedly told the school resource officer he did not actually intend to hurt anyone. The boy's mother told police he is dealing with personal issues, is in regular therapy and sometimes fabricates information for attention, according to the story on ExploreHarford.com.

The incident was reported to the Harford County Sheriff's Office Sept. 11.

The boy does not have access to firearms at his home and police do not believe there is a significant threat to student or staff safety, Capt. Keith Warner wrote in an email to Patch Tuesday.

"Schools system personnel were made aware and proper security measure were put into place," Warner wrote.

On the first day of the school year a shooting at Perry Hall High School, just over the line in Baltimore County, shook the community. A 17-year-old student was shot and a 15-year-old classmate was charged in connection with the Perry Hall shooting.

Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications with Harford County Public Schools, told Patch at the time that Harford County schools have strategies in place for dealing with emergencies.

"As always, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority," Kranefeld wrote in an email to Patch at the time.

Kranefeld also included the following outline of security strategies implemented by the school system:

1. Each school has a critical incident plan and drills are conducted every year to ensure that the plan can be executed effectively.

2. Harford County Public Schools has an excellent working relationship with local and state fire, police, and EMS. Active-shooter drills are conducted with key players to practice the role of each agency in an emergency.

3. HCPS Administrators have been trained in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) program. NIMS is an emergency preparedness program created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security—Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

4. All schools are locked down with a visitor management system in place to help ensure that all buildings remain safe.

5. A School Resource Officer is assigned to each high school. Those officers also serve the feeder elementary and middle schools. 

6. Weapons of any kind are not allowed on school property or buses.

Kranefeld was not available for comment at post time.

Chris September 26, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Correct the story - a 15 year old shot a 17 year old boy at Perry Hall HS!
Kirsten Dize September 26, 2012 at 02:54 AM
The story says "A 17-year-old student was shot and a 15-year-old classmate was charged in connection with the Perry Hall shooting." i.e. A 17 year old was shot and a 15 year old was charged. It is correct.
Susan September 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Good for those students who reported this. I am hoping the schools are workin with the students to understand that they need to communicate to adults whenever they hear things like this from their peers.
concerned parent September 26, 2012 at 01:22 PM
that is pathetic response to a serious problem.
concerned parent September 26, 2012 at 01:23 PM
again, you are pathetic....
GsMom September 26, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Wow Evets, maybe do a little investigating; over paid really? I hope you were being sarcastic.. And the parents that birth these children should take more time being parents and understanding their children. In this case, sounds like the parents are actually taking care of things, and this child did just say this for attention. Kudos to the students that did come forward with the info for investigation.
Evets a donkey September 26, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Events is a donkey... Was probably a bully in school and still gets their jollies stirring things up online. Coward
Evets a donkey September 26, 2012 at 01:57 PM
concerned parent September 26, 2012 at 02:26 PM
i truly feel sorry for you, evet. in every profession, in every family, there are always good and bad, you appear to be a very closed minded person that only sees one point of view, so sad.
Mom of 2 September 26, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I will type nice and slow. Evets, I usually do not stoop to a level such as yours, but I really hope your computer/laptop/phone/or whatever device you unfortunately are using to communicate with blows up in your face because your comments are annoying. And I'll save you from your next comment. No, thankfully I do not know you.
Debbie September 26, 2012 at 02:47 PM
If you actually went to the school, you would realize that the teachers are very intelligent and the total opposite of lazy.
Leslie September 26, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I think everyone has lost sight of the issue. A student threatened to bring a gun to school and it seems as though he was not suspended, expelled or even dealt with other than talking to him and his Mother. Haven't we learned from the previous school shootings to not take these things lightly?! I have a student in high school there and middle school and I'm not happy that parents were not notified of this threat when it happened. This is how we loose innocent children. I'm sorry this child is dealing with personal issues at home, but we all have issues we're dealing with. It does not excuse his comments!
Lisa September 26, 2012 at 02:56 PM
sure it's not Steve EVETS?..you are an uneducated moron!
Mom of 2 September 26, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Everett, no back problems here. But I am thinking that you are enjoying all of this negative attention so I must stop playing with you now.
Evets September 26, 2012 at 03:07 PM
OK, I'll take my ball and go home then.
Kirsten Dize September 26, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Folks, I'm sure we can discuss the issues at play without name calling. Thanks! -KD
Kirsten Dize September 26, 2012 at 03:24 PM
A comment from user "michelle" was removed for violations of Patch terms of use pertaining to profanity. http://belair.patch.com/terms
Mom of 2 September 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Leslie, my daughter is a student at PMHS and knows this individual. Apparently, this student was suspended and is not yet back in school. After talking with my daughter this a.m., the kids were aware of this incident and that this person is known for seeking attention. Regardless, I did not find out about this until reading this article. At the very least, I think that there should have been some type of communication to parents from the school and/or authorities.
concerned student September 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I'm a student at PMHS and I was unaware about this until now, which is quite scary. There was no communication between authorities and students or their parents. I would expect school officials to TELL their students and their parents about this kind of thing instead of hiding it and letting them see it on a news website.
Jay Cee September 26, 2012 at 05:11 PM
When it was first posted last night it didn't. I noticed it as well...but by the time I posted my comment, it had been changed.
For What It's Worth September 27, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Leslie, And you recommend they do what? Investigation was conducted. No crime committed. Maybe the death penalty? Just life in prison?
Student September 28, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I'm student at PMHS too and the only way I found out about it was from twitter or facebook. You would think the school would notify the students and parents when something like this happens.
Leslie September 28, 2012 at 02:49 AM
For What It's Worth - you must not have children in school.


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