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Police Say Student Brought Weapons to Central Middle

A 12-year-old boy threatened two students at Central Middle on Thursday with a loaded BB gun and an airsoft pistol, according to police.

A 12-year-old boy brought a loaded BB gun to Central Middle school on Thursday and threatened another student, according to Anne Arundel County police.

According to a letter posted for parents from Central Middle Principal Mildred Beall, shortly after noon on Thursday two students told administrators they saw another student with what they believed to be a gun. School officials located the student and found a loaded BB gun and an unloaded airsoft pistol in his backpack, according to the letter.

As the investigation progressed, officials contacted South River High’s student resource officer who arrived and took possession of the weapons. Beall’s letter also said the student threatened at least two students and warned them not to tell anyone he had a gun.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department said officers transported the boy to the Southern District Police Station and charged him with a juvenile citation of disorderly conduct and threatening a student on school property.

Following the incident, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) posted Beall’s letter on the school’s website and called parents, notifying them of the incident. The timing of the investigation made it impossible for administrators to send the message home with children before school concluded, Beall said in her letter

“I want to commend the students who had the courage to come forward with this information. Their actions may have well have saved fellow students from injury,” Beall said in the letter.

AACPS spokesman Bob Mosier also commended the two students who notified administrators of what they saw.

“In this case, we have two students who were very courageous,” Mosier said. “While it’s regrettable that these situations occur, it’s reassuring when the necessary collaboration takes place that prevents potential injury.”

Thursday’s incident comes a few weeks after a Southern High student brought weapons to school.  

Teri Petrohoy November 03, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I am a parent of a middle school student. We did not receive a letter! Some parents (not my husband or I) received emails and we received a voicemail from the principal alerting us to read the letter to parents on the central middle school website. It was wonderful that she informed us how to find the website where the letter could be found; however, parents DID NOT RECEIVE A HARD COPY LETTER FROM THE SCHOOL. We did however receive a letter about the benchmark tests being impacted due to the hurricane; however, not this serious safety issue. Just makes one think if the school administrators care more about test scores over student safety.
Jonathan Moynihan November 03, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Hi Teri, As I wrote in the article, school officials said the timing of the investigation made it impossible to send the letter home. However, it was posted online for parents to see and they made a phone call.
Lisa Williams Sears November 04, 2012 at 01:50 PM
once again, i typed out a paragraph response, click submit, and it disappears. i am done with the Patch. i will unlike via facebook, so i stop getting notifications. sux when you take the time to type out a thought and then it vanishes. next.........
Jonathan Moynihan November 05, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Hi Lisa, I'm sorry you were so frustrated by our commenting section. Because of SPAM and potentially offensive remarks, all comments must be approved by myself before officially being posted on Patch. I didn't get to your comment until later today because I like to take some time "off" from Patch on Sundays. That's why I didn't approve your comment as soon as I usually would. Please understand I welcome your comments, your readership, and I'm genuinely grateful for it. Hope that answers your questions.

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