A firearm was discovered in the rucksack of a substitute teacher at a high school in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, on Friday afternoon.
According to Fox 5 DC, Glen Burnie High School principal Kevin Carr stated in a letter to families that the substitute left the backpack in a classroom as pupils were dismissed from third period.
Carr stated that shortly after 2 p.m., a staff member in a classroom discovered the bag and examined inside to verify who it belonged to. When a staff member discovered a revolver in the backpack, the school was immediately placed on lockdown, with pupils being kept in classrooms and no one allowed to enter the hallways.
The pistol was turned over to authorities, who determined that it belonged to the substitute, who was teaching in another classroom at the time. Police caught the substitute and removed him from the classroom.
The substitute who carried the gun onto school is no longer permitted to work as a substitute teacher or in any other capacity in Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
“I want to be clear that we have no proof that the backpack was in the possession of any student today around this time.” “We also have no evidence that the handgun was ever removed from the backpack,” Carr said in a statement.
Carr also praised the children for the “outstanding way in which they handled this situation.”
“They were calm and orderly, and followed directions of staff,” he noted in an email.