Anne Arundel County police said yesterday that they found and released the 12-year-old boy who prompted Thursday's lockdown of a Glen Burnie middle school after he was seen playing with a gun nearby.
The witness who reported seeing the boy twirling the gun on Marley Neck Boulevard on Thursday morning again spotted the boy with a friend, also 12, yesterday morning and notified authorities.
The boys, both students at Marley Middle School, told officers that they were playing with a black pellet gun Thursday and threw it away so they wouldn't get into trouble at school, county police said.
The boys led officers to a creek bed near Tydings Court and Marley Neck Boulevard, where they recovered the black Daisy pellet gun.
Police have decided not to press criminal charges against the boys, but they could face discipline at their school.
Schools spokesman Bob Mosier said Marley Middle School Principal Richard Berzinski met with parents of the two students yesterday. Mosier said the fact that the incident did not occur on school property could lessen any punishment the students face.
On Thursday, teachers and administrators escorted more than 900 students into Marley Middle at 10 Davis Court. A patrol officer was stationed at the school and police cruisers canvassed the area.
Classes continued as scheduled, but all entrances were locked and all outside activities were canceled. Two other Glen Burnie schools, Marley Glen Special School and Marley Elementary, were also patrolled as a precaution.