Gun in pocket of eighth-grader goes off in class

October 18, 1991|By Roger Twigg *

A Baltimore public school student accidentally shot himself while in class yesterday, the second such shooting since school began last month.

The latest incident occurred yesterday as a 15-year-old boy was sitting in his eighth-grade class at Hamilton Middle School. Karen V. Poe, a school spokeswoman, said that one minute before the 3 p.m. dismissal bell, a .22-caliber handgun carried by the student went off, wounding him in the leg.

The boy left school without saying a word and walked to his nearby home in the 5800 block of Glenkirk Court.

Ms. Poe said that the teacher and most of the other students at first thought a firecracker had gone off in class. But when one of the students suggested that the youth might have been wounded, police went to his house.

By then the student had been picked up by an ambulance called by his family and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he was admitted in stable condition, a spokeswoman said.

A clip containing three .22-caliber bullets was found in the classroom. Police were still looking for the weapon last night.

Ms. Poe said that the youth faces possible criminal charges and expulsion from school.

About a week after the start of the school year, a ninth-grade student at Lake Clifton/Eastern High School accidentally shot himself in the leg while sitting in class.

That student also fled from school after the incident.

A third student was found carrying a handgun recently at Northern High School, school officials said.

In each instance, Ms. Poe said, the students were suspended and recommended for expulsion by the school superintendent.

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