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Area Schools and Police Grapple With Threats of Violence, Two Germantown Area Students Arrested in T

Montgomery County Police have arrested two Germantown area high school students on two consecutive days. One was charged with bringing a loaded gun and a knife to his school. The other was charged with disrupting school operations by threatening violence at a neighboring high school. One is sitting in jail in the custody of the Montgomery County Corrections Department; the other has been released to the custody of his parents.

Yesterday, 18-year-old Alwin Chen, of Germantown, was caught by Clarksburg High School Resource Officer Toby Melott with a loaded 9mm handgun in his backpack and a knife in his shirt pocket. He will remain in jail all President’s Day Weekend until his bond hearing at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 20. It is still not known why Chen brought the weapons to school or what, if any, his intentions were for them.

Today, a 15-year-old male Northwest student was arrest by police at school for posting threats on social media regarding guns at Northwest High School. This afternoon, that 15-year-old male was charged as a juvenile with offenses relating to disrupting school operations. After being charged, the juvenile was returned to the care and custody of his parents. This case has been referred to the Department of Juvenile Services for adjudication.