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

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.

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