A 17-year-old student was issued a juvenile citation for possession of a deadly weapon on school property, according to a release from Anne Arundel County police. The charge merits a Level 6 intervention with the school's administration, according to the
Anne Arundel County student handbook.
The handbook indicates that a Level 6 could yield expulsion "considered only in the most extreme cases." The penalty for Level 5 is an extended 10+ day suspension, to be determined by the school's administration.
Southern High School Principal Marc Procaccini sent a
letter home to parents Thursday to provide an accurate account of the incident, which was triggered by a discarded bottle of alcohol.
An excerpt from the letter:
"Last night [Wednesday, Aug. 28], our custodial staff, in the course of their normal cleaning efforts, found a bag
with an alcohol bottle in it. Our school staff went through camera footage last night and again this morning and identified the student who was in possession of the bag and alcohol container. The student, who has a partial schedule, was questioned when he arrived at school at approximately 9:30 this morning and, with the assistance of our School Resource Officer, his car was searched to ensure that there was no alcohol in the vehicle."
Police instead found three unloaded shotguns in cases, ammunition and a hunting knife.
The school resource officer assigned to Southern High School questioned the 17-year-old student at the school at 9:30 a.m.
The student told the officer that he and a friend fired the shotguns at a farm recently and did not remove the weapons from his car.
"There is no indication that threats of any kind were made at any point," reads a statement from Anne Arundel County police.
A disciplinary board will convene to discuss the student's punishment.