Holabird Middle student charged as juvenile for 'starter pistol'

Police said student did not intend to injure anyone, meant to show off the gun

By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

10:17 PM EST, November 29, 2012


An 11-year-old student was charged with bringing a deadly weapon to Holabird Middle School, after a "starter pistol" that shoots blanks was found inside his locker, Baltimore County police said.

The student has been charged as a juvenile and faces disciplinary action by school administrators.

Police said another student informed the principal that the suspect might have a gun in his locker, and that he brought it to school to show it off to his friends, not to harm anyone.

A starter pistol is commonly used to start swimming or track events.

School resource officers recently received metal-detecting wands to use when there is reasonable suspicion that a student has a weapon, after 15-year-old Perry Hall High School student Robert W. Gladden Jr. allegedly brought a gun to school and allegedly shot a classmate, Daniel Borowy, critically wounding him.


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