Gun confiscated from Hamilton pupil

CRIME WATCH

Baltimore & Region

November 23, 2005|By SARA NEUFELD | SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTER

A 15-year-old boy was caught with an unloaded gun at Hamilton Middle School in Baltimore yesterday, school system officials said.

Acting on a tip, Hamilton Principal Christine Connor asked the school's police officer for help searching the sixth-grader about 11:30 a.m., said the city schools police chief, Antonio Williams.

Connor found a 9 mm Smith & Wesson semiautomatic handgun, Williams said, adding that the gun was not loaded and the pupil had no ammunition with him. The boy was taken into police custody and is expected to be charged as a juvenile with a handgun violation. Williams said police are investigating why the pupil brought a gun to school.

He said it was the first time this school year that a gun has been confiscated at a city school. He said confiscation of other weapons, generally knives, is down 40 percent from this time last school year.

Williams, who started his job this month, will hold a public forum on school safety at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Polytechnic Institute, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane.

sara.neufeld@baltsun.com

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