BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Two 12-year-old male students at Deer Park Middle School have been charged with handgun violations after one student brought ammunition to the school.

At 9:45 a.m. Thursday, the school resource officer responded to a report of a student in possession of ammunition.

The resource officer was able to identify the student and recover the ammunition in the pants pocket of jeans left on a bench in the boy’s gym locker room.

Detectives learned that one student took a Bersa .380 caliber handgun from his home. He then took the gun to another student’s home, where he traded it for an XBox 360.  The boy brought ammunition to school on Oct. 11 and was detained by the school resource officer.  The gun was located hours later in the backyard of the home where the trade occurred.

At this point, there is no indication that the boys had any plan to harm students or staff at Deer Park Middle School.

The gun was legally registered to an adult male who lives with the juvenile who took the gun.  It was secured with a gun lock and was not operational.  No charges have been filed against the gun owner because the gun was secured as required by law.

Both boys are charged as juveniles. They face various handgun-related violations.


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