A Maryland teen was caught with a loaded handgun in a Prince George's County middle school Thursday, authorities said.
A classmate of the 13-year-old boy alerted security at William Wirt Middle School to the incident and police officers responded to the scene at around 11:40 a.m.
The student admitted to bringing the firearm into the classroom and placing it inside a drawer. Officers recovered the weapon without incident.
“The safety of our students is our top priority,” Principal Rhonda Simley said in a letter to parents informing them that the boy will be “disciplined accordingly.”
“Please assist in our efforts to maintain a safe learning environment by discussing with your child acceptable behaviors that support a positive school climate,” the letter added.
“Discuss with your child the consequences, such as expulsion, for bringing weapons or anything that resembles a weapon to school.”