CLARKSBURG, Md. (WDVM) — Montgomery County Police confirm five students have been charged after a student brought a gun to Clarksburg High School on Monday.
Police say a staff member alerted Clarksburg’s school resource officer after they heard a student was robbed Monday morning.
“During the initial part of the investigation, the school resource officer learned that this same victim may also have brought a gun to school. Officers, along with school administration, conducted a search of the student’s backpack, at which point they found a loaded handgun magazine,” said Ofc. Rick Goodale of Montgomery County Police.
Police said a 15-year-old student who brought the gun to school was robbed in a school bathroom while the four other suspects were there. Those four are accused of stealing the gun, the 15-year-old’s wallet and his cash.
MCPD says there are conflicting reports as to whether the robbery happened on or off school property.
Even without locating the gun, several of the students face handgun charges based on statements and evidence.
Ofc. Goodale and MCPD have a message for students: “We investigate every school threat seriously, it’s not cool or funny to put these threats out on social media. We are going to investigate them and if we do find enough evidence, we are going to charge students for making these threats.”
Clarksburg Principal Edward Owusu emailed a note to parents on Tuesday saying, in part, “I want to commend our staff, SRO and the security team for their vigilance, quick response, and efforts to ensure that our school remains a safe place for our students to learn.”
One juvenile student is charged as an adult: Tyson Brown, 16, of Clarksburg is charged with possession of a handgun, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Justin Ferguson, 18, of Gaithersburg is charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Three juveniles face weapons, robbery and conspiracy charges.
MCPD says the investigation is ongoing.