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.
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.
At approximately 2:10 pm today at Clarksburg High School, a School Resource Officer arrested a Clarksburg HS male student for having a loaded, handgun on school property. The investigation is ongoing. We will release additional information as it is confirmed.
— Montgomery Co Police (@mcpnews) February 15, 2018