Reporting Meghan McCorkell
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WJZ) – Schools were on lockdown Tuesday as weapons were found on students inside. It’s an issue that’s come to the forefront this school year.
Meghan McCorkell has more on what schools are doing to prevent this from happening.
These latest incidents happened Tuesday in both Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties. Now some parents are on edge about what’s happening in schools.
Owings Mills High School hit Code Red after a report with a student inside with a gun.
“They had us turn everything off–all the lights off, all of us up against the walls on the floor,” said student Kayla Pickett.
Police stormed the school and found that student with a BB gun.
“You never know what could happen. What if it’s a real gun?” said Kinte Johnson.
At the same time in Anne Arundel County, another gun was reported inside Southern High School. The suspect was found carrying a pellet gun and a knife.
No one was hurt, but parents are still nervous after a student was shot on the first day of class at Perry Hall High School.
“What are they going to do to prevent a kid from bringing–whether it’s a BB gun or a shotgun–what are they going to do to prevent it from happening again?” said parent Laura Mitchell.
“It is very difficult, as you say, without creating a police state of metal detectors and those kinds of things to make sure that nothing comes into your school,” said Bob Mosier, Anne Arundel County schools.
Baltimore County has hired a new school safety chief and police are handing out free gun locks. Anne Arundel County police have introduced a new phone app to make it easier for students to report potential for school violence. The Speak out app allows students to instantly contact police.
“A critical piece we think to increasing that communication between students and school resource officers,” Mosier said.
Neither of the students involved in Tuesday’s incidents made any kind of threat to use the weapon that was found on them.
Both of those students are being charged as juveniles for bringing a dangerous weapon onto school property.