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UPDATE: Boy Brings Ammunition to School, Two Charged

Police: Two Deer Park Middle Magnet School students, both 12, allegedly brought the ammunition to school on Thursday, and a handgun was found hidden at a home.

UPDATE (4:58 p.m.)—The handgun that a 12-year-old Randallstown middle school student found and traded Thursday for an Xbox 360, had been secured by its owner.

"The fact that the gun ... did in fact have a gun lock underscores the importance here of keeping that weapon secure," Baltimore County police Chief Jim Johnson said during a press conference Friday.

However, the gun should have been stored securely as well, so that the boy couldn't have stolen it in the first place, county officials said Thursday.

At about 9:45 a.m. Thursday, a school resource officer at Deer Park Magnet Middle School in Randallstown found ammunition in a pants pocket of jeans left on a bench in the boys locker room.

The school resource officer learned about the ammunition from another student, Johnson said.

Police later found the Bersa .380 caliber handgun itself at another home near the school. Two boys, both 12, were charged with handgun charges.

"As we have reported, we have a young man who acquired a weapon from his caretaker, his home, and he brought that weapon to a location about a quarter mile away from the school," Johnson said.

The boy showed the weapon to another boy, took it and hid it at the other boy's home, where he had traded it for an Xbox 360, Johnson said.

The student then went to the school at 9830 Winands Road with ammunition in his pocket.

While police found the ammunition at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the school, Baltimore County Public Schools notified parents through recorded calls on the school system's emergency notification system, Connect Ed, police said.

A news release was sent to news media at about 10:23 a.m. Friday morning.

Late Thursday, the matter was still under investigation, Johnson said. "At 10, 10:30 last night, I still wasn’t satisfied that I knew all the facts."

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz praised the gun owner for having the handgun locked, but said the entire incident could have been avoided if the owner had it stored in a secure place.

"When you have children, they're going to access these weapons. It doesn't matter where you hide them. They're going to know about it." he said, also during the press conference.

There are no charges filed against the gun owner because it "was secured as required by law," the news release states.

Police say they believe the students had no plans to harm anyone at the school.

"I want to make it very clear there was no intent to bring that gun to school to harm anyone," Johnson said. "This was in fact ... a trade of some electronic amusement device that was arranged."

Owings Mills-Reisterstown Patch Editor Marc Shapiro contributed to this report.

Janet Metzner October 12, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Fortunately, there was a gun lock on the handgun. Here's an update to this story, including details about the trade these kids allegedly made: a handgun for an Xbox 360. http://patch.com/A-y8FX
Janet Metzner October 12, 2012 at 09:24 PM
And, in light of this ammunition incident at Deer Park Middle, and other incidents as well, the county is giving away free gun locks: http://patch.com/A-y9l3
judy cohn October 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Um--- guns don't belong in places (locked or otherwise) where there are children, pets, teenagers, adults, senior citizens... Have I left out any demographic? Good, I hoped not to. No guns, no woops.
Other Tim October 12, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Good. Get rid of all the guns. (Don't know exactly how, but maybe you do?) With no more guns around, there will be no more crime. We can go back to the days when we could leave ours doors unlocked. Businesses would no longer get robbed, and prices would drop. There would be no murders. And of course, there would be no "woops". Also would need to outlaw knives and cars, but as long as we are dreaming, let's shoot the moon.
Buck Harmon October 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Gun ownership is on the increase..big time, and ammunition sales are at record highs. What on earth could be the reason for this..?
Buck Harmon October 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Is it because citizens don't trust the government for protection or because citizens don't trust human beings in general?
Da truth October 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM
It's because the non sheeple out there realize the police and military are only there because they get paid. When we are trillions in debt and the government starts to cut back to realistic spending figure's you'll either get riots as the hand out programs will be cut...or you'll see a lack of security due to the cut back from police/military budgets. If none of this happens...us firearm owners will have nice heirlooms to pass along. If security or lack there of becomes an issue and we revert back communities protecting communities there will hopefully be someone in yours who did not take the guns are evil because they are uneducated stance on firearms. There are litterally millions of guns in America. The amount that are used in crimes is truly remote. The amount that are used by responsible citizens in crimes is even lower. Millions of kids grow up with guns in the house and they all arent stolen or taken to school....because responsible gun owners raise their kids to understand and respect guns. Not shelter them so when they do finally comes across one they either dont know what to do or play with it since there is a mystique around it. I realize it's hard for some sheeple who have grown up in a hippy do what feels good soceity to understand this. That's fine. If the day comes where you need a firearm and decided not to have one that's on you. But dont limit the right for me to protect myself, my family, and potentially my community because you are narrow minded.
BlutAusNord October 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
There are plenty of responsible gun owners who do have children & will teach them about gun safety & how to handle them properly.Anti gun critics always cry about "Won't somebody pleeeeze heps the childrunz".I am an NRA Life member who practices safety & respects what firearms are capable of,but also I feel that in case of needing to defend myself the cops will come only after something has happened, by that time the only thing that will need to be brought is a body bag for the filth who tried to harm me.I recently bought my wife a Sig 38 & taught her how to shoot.Maryland needs to pass a conceal carry law like 38 other states have.Unfortunately that will never happen as long as the democrats ruin the state.
Bart October 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Evets, this is a ridiculous statement always brought out by the gun nuts. They are a totally different weapon, and you know better.
Joe October 13, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I never heard of a pet getting a firearm and going on a rampage. Have you? Guns are in households with children by the millions. Millions of those "children" are trained in their safe and correct use. Those households rarely have issues or accidents. Drywall buckets are in millions of homes and children drown in them. Mothers are in millions of homes and mothers kill their own children every year in what is called filicide. Bicycles kill many children yearly and they are never locked up out of reach. Fact do not matter to those will to deny others their rights.
Joe October 13, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Start firearm safety training is schools instead of giving away something required with every purchase anyway. If the new progressive sex ed training in grade school is to prevent disease and teen pregnancy, and the people pushing such training say it works, then so will early firearm training for any children who partake in the classes.
Steve October 13, 2012 at 02:51 PM
"Gun ownership is on the increase..big time, and ammunition sales are at record highs. What on earth could be the reason for this..?" The Moonies.
Steve October 13, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Inadequate Males need guns to make up for their own inadequacies.....
Balt Observer October 13, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Clearly that's not the case or you would be in the news as authorities confiscated your armory, "Stank".
Steve October 13, 2012 at 03:11 PM
No, it's actually a mental condition called Hoplophilia. It affects mainly White Males with inferiority complexes. Typically little Napoleon types like yourself.
BlutAusNord October 13, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Since you do not like the 2nd amendment then how about we do away with others like the 1st amendment.You would have a big problem then but don't worry the government will take care of you from the cradle to enslaved.Many of us not only have guns for self defense but for other things as well like hunting & competetive shooting.You can say gun owners have napoleon complex but if someone was attacking a member of your family or yourself would you use one to defend yourself or be a good little whore to the attacker.In your case I would say the latter.
Balt Observer October 13, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Speaking of Napoleon types, I take it that you don't get much light or nourishment cooped up down there in Mom's basement. What are you, like under 5 feet?
Steve October 13, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Let me clue you in Bust a Nort, the gun doesn't make you a a Man.....
BlutAusNord October 13, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Try 6 ft. & homeowner for 20 plus yrs..As for nourishment my job pays for me to eat not welfare.I understand that some of you hate firearms but that is on you.I have friends that don't own them but they respect those of us that do.Why don't you go down to the makeup store where Steve works & dish on the latest genius comments that Rachel Maddow has espoused & then give brazilian waxes to each other.keep commenting Welfare State Observer as all you do is keep making me laugh.Say what you will because some of you are completely useless.
Open your eyes October 13, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Steve, what is your defense plan if something bad was to happen? Going to do the run, hide, hope? I guess the stats about more guns and more gun permits in the hands of legal owners have reduced crime statitics mean nothing to you? It's not the gun....it's the end user.
Steve October 13, 2012 at 04:15 PM
"As for nourishment my job pays for me to eat...." Damn! Where can I find one of those jobs?
Balt Observer October 13, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I was referring to "Steve". Unlike basement boy "Steve", I fully support the right to bear arms.
Balt Observer October 13, 2012 at 04:19 PM
You already have one, "Stank". Your Mom subsidizes your scarfing down of Cheetos all day.
Balt Observer October 13, 2012 at 04:20 PM
"Steve"'s defense plan if anyone makes it down into Mom's basement where he hides out all day and night is to scream and cry like a little girl. I doubt it will be very effective.
Steve October 13, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Not really, my Mother has been dead for 20+ years now.....
Other Tim October 13, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Take an honest statement and twist it to mean what you want. Typical.
fred October 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM
maryland has a concealed carry like the other states, its just to restrictive but the court will rule soon and if you're not a criminal or crazy it will be permitted.
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