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Dr. Kane: A Letter to the Community re Matapeake Middle School Incident

Dr. Kane Letter to the Community - MMS Incident

April 30, 2019

Dear QACPS Families and Employees, I am writing to inform you of a threat made against Matapeake Middle School on a social media platform over the weekend. On Sunday morning, a parent contacted the principal to provide details of a student’s SnapChat message referring to a school shooting.


The principal immediately contacted the school resource officer to investigate and coordinate with law enforcement. Law enforcement identified the child and contacted the parents. The child making the threat did not attend school on yesterday and is not in school today. Students are safely following their normal instructional schedule. Parents at Matapeake Middle School were informed about the incident on Monday and will receive an update today.


Today, the Sheriff’s office issued a media release informing the public about the incident. You may access the media release here. All protocols were followed and we are grateful that the parent who reported the incident was monitoring her child’s social media use and contacted the principal immediately.


A student who threatens violence against any of our schools faces appropriate discipline in accordance with Queen Anne’s County Public Schools’ student expectations/discipline procedures. Please speak with your child about the safe and appropriate use of social media and encourage students to report any threats to a trusted adult. Please monitor your child’s social media use. As adults, we are also called to use social media responsibly. Thank you for your cooperation.



Andrea M. Kane, Ph.D.  
Superintendent of Schools