Student's father arrested with gun at Hampden school

Man brought .22 caliber handgun to son's disciplinary meeting, police say

November 14, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

The father of a student at the Academy for College and Career Exploration in Hampden was arrested in the school about 10 a.m. Wednesday after allegedly bringing a handgun to a disciplinary meeting for his son, according to Baltimore police.

Rodney Parker, 39, had taken a "hack" or unlicensed cab to the school after his son was brought into the front office for a disciplinary infraction and a parent meeting was scheduled, said Detective Vernon Davis, a police spokesman.

As Parker exited the cab, he allegedly fumbled and then dropped a .22 caliber gun, which was noticed by the cab driver, Davis said. After Parker picked the gun back up and went inside the school, in the 1300 block of W. 36th Street, the driver drove away.

Soon after, he stopped alongside a police officer parked on Greenmount Avenue and told the officer about the gun, Davis said.

The officer responded to the school and located Parker in the front office, where he was arrested without incident on a gun charge, Davis said.

School officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Davis said he did not know the exact type of gun charge or whether Parker had been released from police custody as of Wednesday afternoon.

Baltimore Sun reporter Erica Green contributed to this article.

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