Updated: Suicidal Woman Prompts Added Security at Silver Spring Schools

Police: Woman was barricaded in a nearby home.

Update, 6:52 p.m.: Police confirm that the suicidal subject is in police custody. Despite original reports that the subject was a man, a woman is being taken to a local hospital for evaluation, said Officer Britta Thomas, spokesperson for Montgomery County police.

The police monitoring ended peacefully and no one was injured. It's not clear whether criminal charges are pending. 

Original story, 1:48 p.m.: Two Silver Spring schools took security precautions Thursday afternoon as Montgomery County police monitored a suicidal man barricaded inside a nearby home.

Sligo Creek Elementary and Silver Spring International Middle Schools are in "Shelter in Place," which means that no one comes in or out of the building until the measure is lifted, said Dana Tofig, a Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman. The regular school schedule continues inside the school. 

Montgomery County police set up a staging area near the intersection of Dale Drive and Schuyler Road after receiving a call at 12:20 p.m. that a man was considering shooting himself. The subject is inside of the home alone and is not considered a threat to anyone, said county police spokesperson Angela Cruz.

Andrea Mitchell March 08, 2013 at 08:48 PM
It is unkind and unnecessary to refer to someone whom you do not know as a "nutcase." I do agree with you that a more comprehensive and competenty-staffed mental health system is needed. Unfortunately, even if it were available, many people would not seek the services due to societal stereotyping.
Sheryl S. March 08, 2013 at 08:55 PM
I agree that we need a "more robust health care system". But as long as we think of and refer to mental health patients as "nutcases", the compassion that would motivate it may not exist.
Sheryl S. March 08, 2013 at 08:59 PM
So sorry that you had that experience. But glad you were in a place where responsible adults could take care of you. Hope it's not long before this memory fades and is replaced by happier ones. :)
Victoria Baczkowski March 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Not all incidents are the same or mental related... it could be this woman came down with sudden tremors, seizures, pain all thru her body,fatigue to hinder her from spending time with her daughter and husband, stress from her job due to on sudden fainting and countless visits to E.R. and doctor's and not having no answer's on why her health is failing her...yrs of no answers and different medications to "maybe" this will help you! But give us a call or just come back! Repetitive! But most of all this woman may be just scared that she will die and lose her family still without answers to why...they are not all nutcases! This does not justify the incident but we need to stop from being so quick to judge.....
Joann Cameron March 14, 2013 at 03:50 PM
This happened behind our home. The police officer at the end of the street said she was terminally ill and depressed. It's unfair to label het 'a nutcase'. Hopefully she is getting the help she needs...


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