Essex eighth-grader who took gun to school is charged, put in Hickey

Pupil, 14, wanted to scare classmate he feuded with, police spokesman says

May 10, 2002|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

An eighth-grader who took a loaded handgun to Deep Creek Middle School in Essex on Wednesday was charged as a juvenile yesterday and placed in a school for troubled youths.

Cpl. Ronald Brooks, a Baltimore County police spokesman, said the boy, 14, was charged with possessing a deadly weapon.

The boy was turned over to the state Department of Juvenile Justice, which placed him in the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School.

Brooks said the pupil took the gun from his home in Essex to use it to scare a classmate who had been threatening him.

"So far there is no indication he was actually going to use the firearm," Brooks said.

After taking the gun to school, the pupil decided he made a bad decision and gave the gun to a teacher, Brooks said.

Baltimore County school officials said the pupil probably will face expulsion.

Brooks said police are investigating who owned the gun and how the pupil got it.

Pupils at the school said the 14-year-old and another pupil had been in a feud. The teen was the frequent target of school bullies, classmates said.

A school system spokesman, however, said the problem between the two stemmed from something that happened in the neighborhood.

"They do not feel as though they have a bully problem at this school," said Charles A. Herndon, spokesman for the school system.

Sun staff writer Stephanie Desmon contributed to this article.

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