BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore student was arrested Wednesday after being found with a loaded gun at school.
The gun was found on a student at Excel Academy on West Saratoga Street, as the student was entering the school building.
“I was like oh man, that’s crazy. All the guns on the streets now they are in the school,” one student said.
The student was then taken into custody by school police and hasn’t been identified. The student faces possible expulsion.
Excel Academy has been exposed to tragedy in the past. The New York Times reported that seven student from the school have been murdered in a 15-month span.
Students are not surprised someone showed up with a gun.
“Nah because look where we at. Of course something can happen like that,” a student said.
“I wish I had a magic box to tell me why our kids are deciding to arm themselves. But it is an epidemic,” said Sgt. Clyde Boatwright, president of Baltimore Schools Police.
Resource officials are not allowed to carry weapons in school but Boatwright wants to change that.
“What’s going to happen when we have a person that is non compliant and then produces that weapon, our officers cannot defend themselves or they cannot defend the staff and students of the school,” he said.
This is the second loaded handgun that has been found on a student at a Baltimore City Public School in the past week.
Last Thursday, about a mile away, a Carver Vo-Tech student was arrested for the same violation.
Officials say this is the third time this school year they’ve caught a student with a gun inside a school.