Latest Newsletter🍵 Details from Half Moon BayRead


Maryland Student Arrested After Bringing Loaded Gun, Knife to High School

    Asian America Daily - in under 5 minutes

    Get our collection of Asian America's most essential stories, to your inbox daily, for free!

    Unsure? Check out our Newsletter Archive

    One day after 17 people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a student was arrested for possession of a loaded gun at Clarksburg High School in Clarksburg, Maryland.

    Eighteen-year-old Alwin Chen of Germantown, Maryland was arrested without incident by police just before 2 p.m. on Thursday. A school resource officer received information that Chen might have a weapon; after pulling him out of his AP Psychology class, the officer questioned him, to which Chen admitted that he had a knife in his front shirt pocket and a loaded handgun in his backpack.

    Alwin Chen

    The officer confiscated the 9mm handgun and arrested Chen, who was then charged with possession of a firearm by a person under 21 years old, possession of a handgun, and possession of a firearm on school property. His lawyer, Jill Michaels, asserts that Chen armed himself for self-defense purposes.

    “We believe that the evidence will show that this is absolutely different than the tragedy in Florida,” said Michaels. Court documents note that Chen previously told police he’d “felt anxious from social interactions between himself and students.”

    Alwin Chen

    Chen is expected to stay locked up until his first court appearance on Tuesday.

    Support our Journalism with a Contribution

    Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

    Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

    However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

    We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way.  Thank you for everyone's support. We love you all and can't appreciate you guys enough.

    Support NextShark

    Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover, Paypal