A 16-year-old high school student was arrested for bringing a gun and alcohol to school, Anne Arundel County Police Department officials said in a release.
The incident marks the second time this school year that a student was cited from bringing firearms on to Southern High School's campus. A 17-year-old student was facing expulsion after three shotguns were found in his car in late August 2013.
The student was sent to the principal’s office Wednesday morning under the suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol. A conversation with administrators led to a search of a the student’s truck, which was not allowed to be parked on school property.
Southern High School’s school resource officer discovered an unloaded 12-gauge shotgun, 1 unspent shotgun shell and a half-drank bottle of alcohol.
“The 16-year-old male was arrested and transported to the Southern District station,” according to the release. “Prior to the weapon's discovery, there are no indications the student made any threats against anyone at the school.”
The student was charged with underage alcohol possession and possession of a deadly weapon on school property.
Acting Principal Beverely Saunders sent the following message to parents Wednesday:
Dear Parents and Guardians:
I am writing to let you know about an incident that happened at our school today so that
you can have the most updated information we can provide and discuss it with your child
in a manner you deem most appropriate.
At approximately 10:20 a.m., one of our students approached a teacher with a concern
about the welfare of another student. That teacher alerted our administration, and we
immediately brought the student to the office to speak with him.
The discussions with the student led us to search a vehicle he had brought to campus.
During that search, we discovered an unloaded 12-gauge shotgun in the covered bed of
the truck. A single, unspent 12-gauge shotgun shell was found in the cab. We also
discovered a bottle containing alcohol.
Our SRO took custody of the weapon, the round of ammunition, and the alcohol.
At no time did the student make any threats against anyone at our school, and we are
aware of no allegations of any threats. However, possession of a weapon and alcohol on
school property are illegal and are violations of our Code of Student Conduct. In addition
to any charges that may be levied by police, we will take appropriate disciplinary action
with regard to the student.
I realize that recent publicity about weapons cases can cause emotional reactions when
events like this occur. That is why I wanted you to have as much information as I am able
to share as quickly as I could share it.
I urge you to discuss this matter with your child, and emphasize the inappropriateness of
bringing such items to school. It is up to all of us to help create a school atmosphere that
directs all of our efforts toward the classroom.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the school.