Wicomico Co. Sheriff’s Office charges 15-year-old Parkside student for viral video threat
SALISBURY, Md. – The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Willards teen in connection to a threatening video posted to social media earlier this month.
The video was brought to the attention of a school resource officer at Parkside High School on June 14th. The video, which went viral, showed a male holding what appeared to be a rifle while making inappropriate and insensitive threats, including, “Shoot n-word for fun, you hear me?”
Deputies immediately launched an investigation and identified the 15-year-old juvenile, who is also the son of Wicomico County Board of Education member Tonya Laird Lewis. The rifle that was brandished in the video was recovered and determined to be a pellet rifle.
The juvenile has been charged with misuse of electronic mail and disturbing school activities.
Wicomico County Public Schools officials released a video statement update regarding the investigation Wednesday afternoon. Superintendent Dr. Donna Hanlin says that although federal law prohibits the school system from sharing the specific consequences in this case or any other student case, the code of conduct is being followed as it is with all students.
“The investigation into this matter is by no means being stalled or swept under the run, however investigating an incident of such magnitude takes time,” said Hanlin.
“There have been calls from the community for the resignation of a board member as a result of this incident. Please know that Maryland law clearly outlines reasons for the removal of a board member by the state board of education based on egregious misconduct by the board member while in office, which does not appear to apply here. The resignation of a board member at any time is a personal decision and one our board cannot require,” Wicomico County Board of Education Chairman Gene Malone added.
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