BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A day after police said they found a student with a loaded gun at the “ConneXions” community arts school in North Baltimore, WJZ is learning more about how officials learned the student had weapon.
According to a letter sent home to families and signed by the school principal, the student was arrested after the posts were found on social media. The letter also said other students reported information about the handgun and that prompted an administrative search of the student.
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During the search, weapons were found along with drugs, officials said.
WJZ spoke with the president of the city’s school police union, and reporter Ava-joye Burnett asked: why do students have guns in schools?
“It’s a million dollar question,” says Sgt. Clyde Boatwright, Local President of the Baltimore School Police Union. “We see a number of our minors involved in these very serious and well known incidents across the city and with their involvement in these incidents in some possible circumstances. out some revenge – in some cases they can be aggressors without our knowledge. But we know a lot when we see young people carrying a weapon, they do it to protect themselves, not necessarily to use it in schools.”
The unidentified student was detained without incident and because they are minors, they do not have public access to the details of the allegation. However, under Maryland law, students must be expelled from school for at least one year.
Part of the letter from the principal said, “We are grateful to the students who reported the weapons. We all play important roles in keeping our schools safe, and this is a great example of how that partnership works. ”
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Connexions is an arts school in the Mondawmin community, and it is connected to another school, Bard High School Early College Baltimore, in the same complex. Parents at other schools were not informed about the weapon, as the problem was technically only ConneXions related.
WJZ spoke to an aunt as she picked up her niece from Bard High and she said the school community should be informed too.
“That’s not the proper way to communicate. They should notify us and let us know something similar happened. Too disappointed. If you didn’t say anything, I wouldn’t know,” she said.
Given the level of crime involved in Baltimore, Sgt. Boatwright said problems in the communities where students live sometimes arise inside school buildings.
Schools are safe havens and it is our mission to provide safety every day,” said Sgt. Boatwright said. “I feel as though an armed policeman acts as a deterrent.”
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This is a statement that is part of the department’s long-standing effort to allow the City of Baltimore school officials to take up arms. Sgt. Boatwright said the city is the only jurisdiction in the state where school police are not allowed to carry guns on school grounds.
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