Southern High School student charged with bringing guns to school

A Southern High School student could be expelled after police found unloaded shotguns, shells and a hunting knife in the trunk of his car on the school's property.

Police said they didn't believe there was an immediate danger present to the student body.

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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 v ehicle."

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. 

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