Parkville High School Student Brings Loaded Handgun To School


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PARKVILLE - Baltimore County Police Officers arrested a 14-year-old student at Parkville High School who they say was in possession of a loaded handgun on Monday.

According to a letter sent to parents, the investigation started when the school administration was notified of a possible weapon in the building. The school resource officer contacted county police, who located the student and the gun.

According to police, the school was placed on lockdown from 10:10 a.m. to 10:36 a.m.

Trae Corbin, a spokesperson for Baltimore County Police, says the investigation is ongoing, and charges are still pending.

Parkville High School Principal Maureen Astarita sent a letter to parents detailing the incident and noting that possession of weapons is a serious offense that will not be tolerated at Baltimore County Public Schools.

Below is a full transcript of the letter.

"I wanted to make you aware of an incident that happened this morning. School administration was notified of a possible weapon in the building. We immediately activated a lockdown and contacted our school resource officer (SRO), who contacted BCoPD for additional assistance with investigating this incident.

"The officers located the student and retrieved a gun. The student was detained by BCoPD. Possession of weapons is a serious offense and will not be tolerated at Parkville HS. We will take appropriate disciplinary action as outlined in the student handbook and policy.

"As with this case, it is important for all of us -- student and parents alike -- to inform school staff or police any time you or your child sees, hears or reads anything that is suspicious or that may pose a threat to the school or its students. We all have a role to play in ensuring that our school remains a safe and secure learning environment for our children."

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