Teen charged after handgun found in coat


A 14-year-old Crownsville youth caught carrying an unloaded .22-caliber handgun yesterday at Old Mill Senior High School was charged as a juvenile with a weapons violation and disciplined by school officials, police and school officials said.

The boy had the gun in a jacket pocket just before school BTC started about 7:30 a.m., police said. He was in a meeting with school administrators on an unrelated matter when he dropped his jacket. The administrators heard the gun hit and searched the jacket, said Nancyjane Adams, a school spokeswoman.

Ms. Adams would not disclose the discipline given by school officials, saying it was a confidential matter. Police said the youth claimed he was holding the gun for a friend.

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