Old Mill High School student arrested after police find loaded gun in coat

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An Old Mill High School student was arrested Wednesday morning after police found a loaded revolver in his coat pocket.

Maleek Benjamin, 18, has been charged with possession of a firearm under 21, dangerous weapon on school property, handgun on person and a loaded handgun on person, police said. The Glen Burnie resident was being interviewed by detectives Wednesday morning after his arrest.

Anne Arundel County police were notified Tuesday night of a social media video showing an unidentified male with a handgun, police said. An investigation led officers to Old Mill High School.

Police contacted school officials Wednesday morning and Benjamin was pulled out of the classroom within about three minutes, Anne Arundel County public school spokesman Bob Mosier said. No one was threatened or injured.

School principal Stacey Smith pulled the student into the hallway and he was escorted to the administration office by the school resource officer, Smith wrote in a letter to parents. His jacket, where the gun was found, was retrieved by the principal after the student was removed from the classroom, Smith wrote.

It’s a serious incident, but hopefully parents are “heartened” by the quick response of police and school officials, Mosier said.

“Here is another case that highlights the value of the collaboration between the police department and school system,” Mosier said.

Smith’s letter to parents was posted online Wednesday at www.aacps.org/oldmillhs. Parents were informed of the letter through email, phone calls and text messages, Mosier said. Parents of students attending the two middle schools within the same complex were also notified about the letter and incident.

“Police have taken possession of the gun and ammunition, and the student has been removed from the school,” Smith wrote. “Instruction is continuing normally and there is no threat to students and staff.”

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