DATE: September 11, 2019
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FALSE REPORT: On September 10 at 9:56 a.m., 911 dispatchers received a call stating that there was an active shooter inside Matthew Henson Middle School. Officers responded and determined that there was no active threat. An investigation revealed that two students, who are both 14 years old, had taken another student’s phone and called in the false report. Both students were charged with filing a false report and disrupting school activities. Cpl. J. Thompson is investigating.
Filing a false report is a misdemeanor which carries a penalty of up to six months of incarceration and up to a $500 fine. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to the safety and security of Charles County Public Schools, and we urge parents to talk to their kids about the severity of these crimes.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app, which can be found in the Android Store and Apple store by searching P3tips. For more information about the P3 program, click on this link: www.p3intel.com.