On Thursday — one day after a shooting rampage in a Florida high school killed 17 — a student in Baltimore was caught with a BB gun at school.
The scare prompted a lockdown at Pimlico Elementary/Middle School.
While that student wasn’t carrying a real gun, there have been three incidents so far this school year in which a loaded weapon has been confiscated from a Baltimore city student on school grounds.
A student tried to enter Achievement Academy at Harbor City High School in September with a gun, according to district officials. The gun was not used to threaten anyone, and the student was taken to Central Booking.
Then, in January, Baltimore school police officer recovered a loaded gun from a student at Carver Vocational-Technical High School after receiving an anonymous tip. Once again, the student involved was arrested and taken to Central Booking for processing.
“This matter was swiftly under control without incident,” city schools spokeswoman Edie House-Foster wrote in a statement at the time. “School safety protocols were followed to ensure a safe teaching and learning environment.”
Several students walked up to Baltimore school police officer Tiffany Wiggins Thursday morning and asked her, “What are we going to do if there’s a school shooting here?” The children’s questions come a day after a 19-year-old expelled student went on a shooting rampage at his former high school,
Not a full week later, a student was arrested after a staff member discovered they brought a loaded handgun into Excel Academy. There were no injuries after staff restrained the student, who was then taken into custody by school police and transported to Central Booking.
The number of gun-related incidents in Baltimore schools so far this year shows that “we have to get serious about gun possession, especially with our students,” Sgt. Clyde Boatwright, president of the city school police union, said last month.
According to the district’s Code of Conduct, the students who bring guns to school face permanent expulsion.
Earlier this month, a 17-year-old student in Prince George’s County was shot in his school’s parking lot. The boy was released from the hospital, and two other teens were charged in the incident at Oxon Hill High School.