Teens charged with trespassing, having knives in backpack at Old Mill High School
By Associated Press
Norman Hardy (Anne Arundel County Police)
MILLERSVILLE, Md. -
Two teenagers are facing charges after taking knives inside an Anne Arundel County High School.
It happened at Old Mill High School just after the opening bell.
The school resource officer was alerted to a stranger in the building.
Junior student Cedric Johnson says the building was instantly put on lockdown and everyone was told to stay in their classrooms with the lights out.
"I thought it was a drill,” Johnson says. “I didn't know it was something serious like someone got in there with that.”
Witnesses said the intruder fled, but the resource officer and Anne Arundel County Police searched the building and surrounding community for him.
"While that search was going on, the resource officer was told the suspect had gotten back into the building. He was found along with a 14-year-old former student," says Anne Arundel County Police spokesperson Justin Mulcahy.
Police located the pair in the school and found three knives inside 18-year-old Norman Hardy's backpack.
"It looks like they were at the school to socialize,” Mulcahy says. “They didn't display the weapons and no threats were made.”
Even so, parents question how they got in.
"I come up to the school and I have to show ID, so I'm surprised he got in with that," says parent Stacey Roberson.
Police are focusing on a weight room door, which they believe was propped open.
After being alerted about the incident on home and cell phones and the internet, some parents are praising the way the incident was handled.
"I think the school did a great job," parent Melody Jones says. "The police were there within minutes and the school had their own officer right there."
Hardy, of Baltimore, is facing two counts of trespassing and weapons charges.
The 14-year-old was charged on a juvenile citation for trespassing.