Md. teen brings gun on bus, to school

Posted on September 18, 2012

TOWSON, Md. — Police are calling on gun owners to secure their weapons following two Baltimore County incidents involving students with guns, and in one incident, the student reportedly carried the handgun with him on the school bus.

Last Tuesday morning, authorities responded to a call from Stemmers Run Middle School. Officials said a 13-year-old student rode to school on the bus carrying a .25 caliber semiautomatic handgun as well as a 6- or 7-inch hunting knife.

The student sat through his first-period class with the gun in his pocket. At the end of the class, he produced the gun. He pointed it first at his teacher, then at his classmates, then at himself.

As the students began to flee the classroom, the teacher physically intervened and managed to disarm the suspect. The gun fell to the floor, and the teacher restrained the boy.

The teacher then used her school-issued radio to call for help, and when officers arrived, they took the student into custody. Pending review of the state’s attorney, he will be charged as a juvenile.

Police have served a criminal summons on the boy's grandfather, Norman James Gatewood, who is the owner of the handgun. He is charged with violating the state law that requires gun owners to secure their weapons from children 15 years old and younger. Violations are misdemeanors punishable by fines up to $1,000.

At a press briefing after the Stemmers Run Middle School incident, Police Chief James Johnson displayed several guns of the type that the student took to class — all smaller than a cell phone.

He also displayed the locking mechanisms that gun owners can use to prevent guns from being used improperly.

“The teachable moment here is, ‘Lock your weapons up,’” Johnson said.

Johnson and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz also said that, effective immediately, the police will enhance their presence in county schools.

During an Aug. 27 shooting at Perry Hall High School, one student was shot. A guidance counselor grappled with the 15-year-old suspect, preventing him from causing additional harm.

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Comments ( 1 )
  • john

     | about 6 years ago

    When I was that kid's age, I took a .22 pistol to school in my backpack, and sold the gun to my shop teacher. Nobody thought a thing of it. And no, I am not talking the late 1800's. That was in 1974, about. Many of the guys I went to school with (self included) had a gun or two or three in their rifle racks in the back window of our pickup trucks, which we drove to school. Many times we'd tote our guns into the school so we could work on a rifle scabbard in leather crafts class or whatever. Somehow, none of us ever pointed our guns at ourselves or anyone else. No one was arrested for having a gun, and none of us locked our guns up with a trigger lock. I guess we were just infinitely smarter than kids nowadays, do you suppose? Or could it be that the very idea of pointing a gun at anything you did not intend to forthwhith shoot would prompt an a$$ whipping by any male adult (and some of the gals too) who witnessed such a reckless act? Once when I in a moment of childish nonsense, I clipped an alligator clip on my friend's ear during electronics class, I got my butt kicked (quite literally, and it HURT) by my teacher. It was the most mean sprited thing and thoughtless, stupid act that I can ever remember doing. And, I quickly learned not to do it again in a method that always worked when I was a kid. We have gone so far to the nanny state, don't touch the child mentality, that it is no wonder kids are going crazy. When there is no discipline, hey, why not?

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