Boy, 12, charged after police find revolver in school

January 23, 1998|By A SUN STAFF WRITER

An East Middle School student was released to his parents yesterday facing deadly-weapon charges after a teacher became suspicious of a taped-up box and an officer found it contained an unloaded revolver, according to Westminster police.

The officer responded to a call from the school at 2: 30 p.m. yesterday and found a short-barreled, .22-caliber revolver in a box, police said. The weapon was not loaded, and police were trying to determine its origin last night.

A 12-year-old boy from Hampstead was charged with having a concealed deadly weapon, possessing a deadly weapon on school grounds and reckless endangerment. The charges were referred to the Department of Juvenile Services.

"It is very unusual to have something like this happen," said Lt. Dean A. Brewer, a city police spokesman.

According to the police report, the student carrying the box told the teacher he did not know what was in it because it was taped closed and belonged to another student. The 12-year-old was present when the box was opened and the revolver found.

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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