Increased Police Presence, But No Lockdown, at Bowie High
An Instagram reference to a student being shot caused alarm Wedensday.
An Instagram message sent by a Bowie High School student raised concerns Wednesday, prompting Bowie police to deploy extra officers to the annex, the separate building where freshmen students attend classes.
“There was a reference in an Instagram message saying a student was going to be shot,” said Bowie Police Chief John Nesky.
When that student did not show up at school Wednesday, police decided to take some precautionary measures and have extra officers at the school and annex to ensure security.
Police say there was never a lockdown instituted at the annex or at the high school.
“We could not substantiate anything. There was no verified threat, no lockdown,” said Nesky.
Briant Coleman, a spokesperson for Prince George's County Public Schools (PCGSP), confirmed that Bowie High was not placed on lockdown at any point today.
The article has been updated to reflect comment from PGCPS.