Arundel middle school student charged with weapons possession

Student faces assault and endangerment charges

September 18, 2012|By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel County police charged a 13-year-old Laurel student Tuesday with possessing a dangerous weapon on school property.

The boy, who is being charged as a juvenile, also faces second-degree assault and reckless endangerment charges. He has been released into the custody of his parents.

While MacArthur Middle School students waited a bus stop in Fort Meade Tuesday, a parent called to alert school that a student was carrying a BB gun in the waistband of his pants. School officials contacted police and their own security office and met the bus when it arrived.

After students deboarded the bus, officials interviewed several male students, who helped identify the student with the BB gun. He relinquished the weapon to school administrators. During a search of the student's backpack, officials discovered a second weapon, a knife with a 7-inch blade.

Investigators also determined the student had discharged the BB gun at the bus stop and struck a schoolmate, also 13, in the leg. The injury did not require treatment, police said.

The arrest comes as many schools are on heightened alert after two gun incidents and several rumored threats in Baltimore County. A shooting at Perry Hall High School on the first day of classes seriously wounded a 17-year-old student. Robert W. Gladden Jr., 15, has been charged as an adult with attempted murder and remains in police custody. Then, on Sept. 11, an eighth-grader at Stemmers Run Middle School brought a handgun and threatened his teacher and classmates.

Mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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