Student charged for having fake gun in auditorium

(PHOTO: Montgomery Co. Police)

MONTGOMERY CO. – A 12-year-old student at a Rockville middle school is charged with threat of mass violence for pointing a replica gun around an auditorium, police say.

Police say an officer responded to Earle B. Wood Middle School for the report of a student who brought a fake gun to school Wednesday.

The investigation shows that a boy entered an auditorium containing about 120 students. The boy approached a group of girl students and pulled out what appeared to be a real gun to show the group.

Police say the student told the girls that the “safety was on” and began to point the gun around the auditorium.

The students began to scream which drew additional attention to the gun. That’s when police say students began to panic and run.

Police say several students warned a teacher that the 12-year-old student had a gun. The teacher told the children to seek shelter behind the stage/

The teacher found the boy sitting on a mat, holding the gun with his finger on the trigger. The teacher told the student to give her the gun. Police say the student put the gun in his bookbag and gave the teacher the bookbag.

After inspecting the gun, police say the teacher revealed the gun was plastic and spray painted black.

Police say they arrested the boy, and he was released to his guardian.