Charles County Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Homeland Security Section are releasing photos taken from a surveillance camera at La Plata High School showing at least two people who may have been involved in the raising of a confederate flag at the school’s entrance. A preliminary investigation shows the suspects arrived at the school at approximately 11:50 p.m. on May 18 at which time it is believed they placed the flag on the flagpole and raised it. Members of the school’s JROTC discovered the flag the following morning. The Sheriff’s Office is pursuing leads and seeking the public’s help in identifying the people responsible in an effort to better assess the motive and determine whether there are any underlying threats associated with the case. The photos, which are grainy, may help lead to the identities of the suspects. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 301-932-2222. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous, but provide information about criminal activity at schools, may contact the confidential tip line at CCPS at 301-302-8305or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

Diane Richardson
Media Relations Office
(301) 609-6557 or (240) 682-1658

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