Social Media Posts Cause Concern For Chesapeake High School

| March 6, 2012
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A whirlwind of social media postings have caused a headache for the administrators and concern for parents at Chesapeake High School in Pasadena.

Late last week, a student died unexpectedly and a firestorm quickly erupted on Facebook after a comment was made by an african-American that there was “one less redneck” to worry about. Through Facebook, and their students, parents began to hear rumors of a “race war” about to ensue in the school community.

Both the police and the school administration have denied any plausible threat; however, they have stepped up security and administration considerably.

Many parents called the school today out of concern for the safety of their children and were assured that it was a normal school day.

The school posted two letters which were reportedly sent home with students on their website today. The first letter (dated yesterday) notified the community of the death of a student. The second letter (dated today) explains the increased police presence.

But parents expressed their outrage at the lack of notification. One parent posted on Facebook that she was outraged that the school seems to contact parents via automated telephone messages for seemingly insignificant things; yet when a serious safety concern is present, there is no communication.

Tensions continue to run high and according to the letter sent home today, there is information that the school is unable to share; but they do assure parents that there is no verifiable threat and that they are doing all they can to maintain a safe and nurturing environment for the students.

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  • Noah

    That boy felt guilty and the African American want to talk about rednecks look were be is Pasadena home of the redneack

  • TONI

    I AM A PARENT OF A CHS STUDENT AND THIS IS FAR FROM UNDER CONTROL, I SAT DOWN AND LOOKED AT THE FB POST FROM THESE STUDENTS, IT’S GETTING BAD, AND I HAVE NOT CONFIRMED THIS BUT AM TOLD THAT WEAPONS WHERE FOUND IN THE SCHOOL TODAY. THE SCHOOL IS TRING TO PUT A LID ON THIS TO SAVE FACE, AND IN DOING SO ARE RISKING THERE STUDENTS.

  • CHS mom

    Yes, the school does contact for insignificant notifications, but passes the influence of social media off as hysteria. If only they didn’t do that recently in Ohio in response to a Twitter post… CHS has long since been an incompetent school, and with the addition of I-5 students, the issue has gotten significantly worse over the years. Race tensions will never end while their teachers join the fray by calling Caucasians “crackers” (CBMS). It goes both ways here, and it certainly is not being addressed appropriately or equally.
    Furthermore, CHS was entirely cowardly by waiting until 2 pm to send out the automated message that all was well, and there was absolutely nothing to be concerned over, even though reports claimed a police helicopter circled overhead. All other calls come in after 6 pm. Its as if they were waiting with baited breath to make sure all WENT well so they could mock the sources of concern and no sooner than they could claim victory, 2 pm, the automated call came to parents. Yes, well… some of us saw through that.
    What you CAN blame, CHS, is that your teachers were equally as terrified as the parents and some were locking doors, others told kids to stay in classrooms. They too were using e-mail as communication which fueled the fire that parents responded to. I picked up my child solely based on the fear from teachers that was communicated back to me.

  • Disgusted

    Why is the only post that is acknowledged is the post by the African American. How about the numerous racial slurs and threats to cause bodily harm to the child who posted? As for Chesapeake HS, some of the staff seem on a mission to
    discredit and destroy the futures of as many African American students as possible. Even going so far as to have their African American administrator act as hatchet man. I guess that makes it not racist since the man is black??? Outside intervention is definitely needed as the school board turns a blind eye to complaints of harassment made by parents of black students. I hope a bright, revealing light is cast upon this dirty little secret in Pasadena Maryland before tragedy strikes.

  • CHS Student

    None of you have any idea whats going on, no one at chesapeake has the balls to actually do something like that, like it says it was all rumors and the school board handled it fine. stop worrying and let your kids go to school -_____-

  • CHS Freshie

    i am a student at CHS and i know the kid that started this….it was very wrong of him to have posted that. I think everyone took this status out of proportion…threatening his ignorance with a gun is faaaaar to severe. Everyone was wrong. We should have all just told him to take the status off and it may have been okay to throw aorund a couple opinions but causing our school to have potentional “lock-down” is ridiculous. I am on neither sides (apparently the “races” were african american and “rednecks” ? ) but i am somehow being sucked into this with everyones threats and i strongly agree that my classmates are over dramatic and need to grow up. A poor kid lost his life, so we should be trying to prove to him that what he did was wrong when really some of us are perceiving this as it being his fault. I am sorry…rest east Brandon <3 I hope chesapeake students get their acts together…we need to be family. Especially for Brandon.

  • CHS Senior

    I agree with CHS freshie. Really, the only thing keeping this alive is the drama on facebook. The situation should have been limited to the two feuding students who started this. Chalk it up to ignorance and move on. But instead, it just ballooned out of control.

    Some students are saying that there will be a “race war”. Some people are taking this seriously. I think the massive police presence unnerved the students even more; particularly a lot of the underclassmen. The whole incident is being fueled by ignorant kids. And this is causing the parents to panic.

    People need to grow up and remember that we lost a student. They need to show some respect to the family and stop these rumors.

  • A Dena Parent

    My child attends Northeast High and came home today to tell me that the student that started it from CHS is now being transfered to Northeast. Great!!! now the CHS problems will be fought out at Northeast,you know it will. I hope my child is wrong and that it was just a rumor.

    • http://www.eyeonannapolis.net John Frenaye

      While that is a remedy available to the school system, unless your child knows the individual involved, I suspect it may be rumor and speculation.

    • breannascott59

      he didnt even get transfered his parents took him out of chs n he went to glen burnie

  • breannascott59

    i go to chs n u kno what the kid tht said one less redneck was tlkin bout someone eles n trust me there was no race war everything was fine besides the 30 cops in the school tht followed u everywhere