15-year-old student charged for making threats against Northwest High School

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GERMANTOWN, Md. - Montgomery County Police charged a 15-year-old Northwest High School student for making threats against the school.

The arrest comes not even 24 hours after police arrested an 18-year-old student for bringing a loaded gun to Clarksburg High School. Both incidents, just days after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire on a Florida high school, killing 17 people.

Police say at approximately 3 a.m. on Friday, officers were notified of a social media post regarding guns at Northwest High School.

The post also advised students not to go to school on Friday.

Officers, with the help of administrative staff, identified the 15-year-old student around noon and charged him as a juvenile with offenses relating to disrupting school operations.

Police say after being charged, the juvenile was returned to the care and custody of his parents.  The case was referred to the Department of Juvenile Services for adjudication.

Police are reminding parents to monitor their kids' social media accounts, have a conversation with their children about responsible social media posts, and encourage them to report rumors or threats, not share or re-post them.

Northwest High School principal, Jimmy D'Andrea, also sent a lengthy letter to parents with similar advice.

He says 650 parents pulled their kids out of school, but he will be marking all of those absences as excused.