Police find BB gun near suspect of school investigation, causing lockdown at Old Mill High School complex
A teenage boy seen with a possible weapon that sent the Old Mill High School complex into lockdown was located inside the high school and a pistol-style BB gun was found hidden near where the student was apprehended, Anne Arundel County police said.
The 14-year-old was charged with a juvenile citation for having a weapon on school grounds and disrupting school activities. The search for the student began around 2 p.m. Monday when another student reported to a school resource officer, an armed county police officer stationed in schools, that they “may have seen a student armed with a gun,” around 12 p.m.
Old Mill High School and its two middle schools entered into a lockdown when the student of interest failed to appear in class. He was later found in the common area of the school and a BB gun was found hidden a short distance away from him.
Police responded to the Old Mill High School complex around 2 p.m. for a report of a possible armed subject who was in the area earlier in the day, the police department tweeted Monday. A student reported that they “may have” seen a student with a “possible weapon” believed to be a gun around noon, police spokesperson Marc Limansky said.
Police and school officials searched for the student reported to possibly have a weapon during the lockdown.
The lockdown extended past the 2:18 p.m. dismissal at Old Mill High School, which had a cascading effect on bus transportation in the Old Mill cluster, schools spokesman Bob Mosier said. By 3:30 p.m., the lockdown was lifted and the school system said on social media that dismissal at Old Mill High School had begun.
The middle schools were dismissed at 4:05 p.m. as usual.
All Old Mill High School extracurricular activities, including games and practices, scheduled for the afternoon and evening were canceled.