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Student Charged With Possessing a Loaded Handgun on School Property; Community Hears From Police Com

Montgomery County Police have arrested and charged a Germantown student with bringing a loaded handgun to Clarksburg High School. The incident has shocked the community just one day after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people died.

Detectives from the MCPD’s Firearms Investigations Unit have charged 18-year-old Alwin Chen of the 11700 block of Gunners Drive in Germantown with offenses related to the possession of a handgun at Clarksburg High School.

According to police, just prior to 2:00 pm on Thursday, Feb. 15, the School Resource Officer assigned to and working at Clarksburg High School, received information that Chen might have brought a gun to school.

The incident happened the day of a long-planned Board of Education Town Hall meeting with the Clarksburg High School PTA Cluster.

At the BOE/Cluster meeting, many parents were concerned about the incident, and it was addressed by members of the Montgomery County Public School’s security team as well as MCPD 5th District Commander Capt. Mark Plazinski.

“Once the school administration had gotten the information about this young man having a weapon. The SRO officer and the security team came up with a plan,” Plazinski told the crowd of concerned parents and students. “They contacted the student, and they confirmed that he did have a loaded firearm and he was placed under arrest and taken to the 5th District Station.”