Williamsport High School student charged in connection to second social media threat towards schools.
On October 2, 2016, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigated social media posting threatening several schools located in Washington County. The investigation involved a post that had been made on Facebook from an account that identified itself as “William Hall (Williamsport clown)” the poster claimed that they were going to go to several named schools in Washington County and kill students. That investigation identified a juvenile female suspect who resides in Westminster, Maryland as the person responsible for the posts.
In the evening hours of October 3, 2016, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was again advised that there had been more postings on Facebook, similar in nature to the ones previously investigated the night before. These posts were made by a Facebook profile that identified itself as “Hager William”.
Investigators were able to trace the IP address used to create the Facebook page back to a cell phone located at a residence in the Fairplay, MD, area. After making contact with individuals at the residence and further investigation, Deputies determined that a 15 year old female, who is a student at Williamsport High School, was responsible for the posts.
During the afternoon of October 4, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office received information that an additional “Hager William” profile was active and was implying that they would be at previously named Washington County Schools.
Investigators were able to trace the IP address used, which returned to a doctor’s office located in Frederick, Maryland. After further investigations, Deputies learned that the juvenile female was at an appointment at the same office as the IP address. The Wi-Fi was available for public access at that located. It was determined that the same juvenile was responsible for the additional posts.
On October 5, 2016 the juvenile was placed under arrest at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The juvenile is charged with 1 count of Disturbing School Operations, 4 counts of Attempted Disruption of School Operations and 1 count of Obstructing and Hindering.