BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A student was arrested Thursday after a loaded pistol was found at a high school in Baltimore, authorities said.
An official told WJZ that the .45-caliber handgun was recovered from a student at ConneXions, a community-based arts school in northwest Baltimore.
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An unnamed 15-year-old student was arrested after they were found with a loaded gun, a spokesman for the Baltimore City Public Schools said.
It was not immediately clear on Thursday what legal or disciplinary consequences the student may face as a result of the incident.
Rachel Duncan of the Parent & Community Advisory Board for the City of Baltimore Schools says incidents like this terrify her.
“My knee-jerk reaction as a parent when I hear about loaded guns in schools is just awe and fear,” Duncan said.
This is the 11th firearm that has been recovered from Baltimore City Public Schools so far this year, an official told WJZ. OOn average, school officers find about five guns per year.
“Unfortunately, our schools are a reflection of our community, we see increased levels of violent crime taking place in our communities and our schools,” said Sgt. I’m not immune to that.” Clyde Boatwright, Union President, Baltimore City School Police Force
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Last week, an 18-year-old student was shot outside Dunbar High School.
Boatwright his officers just waited and worried for the next incident that they believed was certain to happen.
“Our officers are reporting concern that they fear that in one of these incidents we will be out of luck and that guns will be used,” he said.
Boatwright is currently campaigning for school officers to be armed. Now, they carry pepper spray and batons, but their guns are still locked.
“It is of great concern to our officers that they do not have all the tools available to them to be able to stop a threat,” he said.
But Duncan objected.
“I would strongly oppose letting them arm themselves,” Duncan said. “No one sends their child to kindergarten with the hope that one day they will be able to walk the high school hallways with armed officers passing by as they move on to the next class.”
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In May, the school system’s police policy will be revised. There will be one virtual meeting next month to discuss whether any changes are needed, such as allowing officers to be armed during school hours.
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