Police arrested a 17-year-old student at Southern High on Tuesday morning for reportedly bringing a knife and CO2-powered pellet gun to the school, according to an Anne Arundel County Police Department press release.
Around 10:54 a.m., police received a phone call that a student might be in possession of a weapon. The Southern High school resource officer (SRO) responded to the school cafeteria at the end of lunch to investigate and consequently found a 17-year-old boy in possession of a knife and CO2-powered pellet gun, according to the release.
The pellet gun was not loaded and had no cartridge inside, but the teen had apparently displayed it to another student during the school day, the release stated. The boy did not make any threats with the weapons, police said.
Police arrested the teenager on a juvenile citation and charged with him with two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon on school property, according to the release.
On Monday, the police department announced the implementation of a new Android smart phone app that allows students to report suspicious behavior to police. However, the app was not used in this incident, said police department spokesman Justin Mulcahy.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) spokesman Bob Mosier said the school sent a letter to every parent with a child at the school, outlining what happened and how the school quickly resolved the situation. He also said the school called parents to alert them that the letter would be coming home with every student.
"While you never want to encounter this kind of situation at a school, what unfolded today is the perfect example of the necessary collaboration and what a collaboration can bring for a school ... to avert what could have been a terribly dangerous situation," Mosier said, referencing the work done by the SRO, faculty and county police.