The first week of school came to an unfortunate ending at Roberto Clemente Middle School in Germantown as Montgomery County Police had to be called to the school after it was reported that a student had a brought a handgun to school.
Police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks confirmed that officers were called to the school shortly before dismissal at 3:00 pm on Friday, September 2 after a student had been seen with a gun on the grounds of the school at 18808 Waring Station Road in Germantown.
Roberto Clemente Middle School Principal Jeffery T. Brown confirmed to Germantown Pulse that male student was showing the toy pellet gun to two fellow students in the bathroom at the school at about 2:45 pm and Friday. When confronted by an adult, two of the students in the bathroom “took off and left campus” and at that time MCPD were called.
In an email to parents regarding the incident, Brown said, “The student and the weapon left the school and campus before student dismissal. The Montgomery County Police Department was contacted and is investigating this matter. The MCPS Department of School Safety and Security was also contacted. The school is taking appropriate disciplinary action.”
The letter said that the male student had an “unloaded, toy pellet gun” in his backpack on school grounds. Brown said that police did locate the students who had fled the school, but no one has yet been charged with a crime by police. MCPD spokesman confirmed that police did not make any arrests as a result of the incident.
Students that have brought weapons to school in the past have faced suspension or expulsion from Montgomery County Public Schools. Due to the age of the students involved, should criminal charges be filed in this case, it case would be handled in the juvenile system.
Brown said that he was disappointed that such an event in the last 15 minutes of the first week of school would mar what had been an “amazing start” at the middle school. “Overall we have a really good group of kids this year. The staff has been happy. I have been super impressed. It had been a very positive start,” said Brown.
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