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Holabird Middle Student Charged with Bringing Starter Pistol to School

School and police officials determined the boy did not intend to harm anyone with it.

An 11-year-old Holabird Middle School student is facing charges after allegedly bringing a starter pistol to school on Wednesday. 

A school resource officer and principal discovered the weapon in the boy's locker after being informed by another student, Baltimore County Police said in a news release. They determined the boy, who reportedly said he wanted to show the pistol to his friends, did not intend to harm anyone.

The boy was charged as a juvenile with possession of a deadly weapon and possession of a deadly weapon on school property.

Police said the starter pistol found is commonly used to start swimming or track events.

Evets December 01, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Maybe you should read the article. The boy brought a starter's pistol to school, a gun which is not capable of shooting actual bullets. No mention of protecting himself or intent to harm anyone. Funny how the world has changed. A long time ago when I started teaching, I was a track and X-country coach. Part of my equipment was a starter's pistol which I kept in my desk drawer in my classroom for several years. Sometimes I would get to the bus w/o the pistol and send a student back to my room to get it (it was kept in a small bag with the blanks and a cleaning kit). No one gave it a second thought.
Evets December 01, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Also, the idea that students bringing weapons to school is something new is just silly. During my second year of teaching, I was writing on the board when a switchblade thudded into the bulletin board about 6 feet to my left, then fell to the floor. Needless to say, I was a bit shaken, but I survived. There were no phones in our classrooms then, just the intercom, which often did not work. I sent a student to the office to bring a principal. A brief discussion uncovered the perp who was led out of the room. I never saw this kid again in my years at that school. In our new modern progressive schools, this kid would be back in a week or two, after some counseling and some revisions to his IEP or 504 Plan, with a BIP tailor made to prevent the teacher from inciting the student to further violence. The teacher would likely be provided some training to make sure his lessons are active and engaging so that students do not feel the need to throw knives...
JD1 December 01, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I think a K-9 unit in every high school along with on and off visits to middle schools would go a long way. This has worked well around the country. When kids don't know when and where and officer and a dog is going to show up that can sniff out drugs and weapons, it's an excellent deterrent.
Eastsider December 01, 2012 at 08:02 PM
JD1 I disagree with you. Charge the parents of these out of control kids. You start nailing the parents for their failures and soon or later the parents will fix their kids.
Evets December 03, 2012 at 01:45 AM
As I have said before, when I started teaching, dogs were a regular sight in schools. They seemed to be an effective deterrent. Have not seen a dog in my school in 20 years.

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