- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A Mattawoman Middle School student was arrested Monday after bringing a gun to school.
Monday morning before the start of school, a Mattawoman vice principal received a tip that a student might have had a gun.
School administrators worked with the school resource officer to investigate the tip.
The student, a seventh-grade boy, was questioned and told a Charles County sheriff’s officer where the unloaded gun was, according to information provided by Charles County Public Schools spokeswoman Katie O’Malley-Simpson.
Mattawoman Principal Douglass Dolan wrote in a letter home to parents Monday afternoon that “the student indicated he brought the gun from home and intended to sell it after school on his walk home from the bus.”
Dolan explained in his letter that school staff worked closely with the school’s resource officer and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.
Dolan’s letter was sent home to parents and sent via email to those on the school system email list.
“We have a system in place to receive information and to follow up on it. That system worked well this morning, and we were able to quickly resolve this incident before the first class began,” Dolan wrote.
Resource officer M. DePaulo of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office arrested the student Monday morning and charged him with possession of a concealed weapon on school grounds.
The student could face suspension with the recommendation of expulsion as the maximum penalty for the offense, according to information from the school system’s code of conduct.
O’Malley-Simpson said the school system encourages students’ parents and the community that “if you see something out of the ordinary that may threaten the safety of a school, report it.”