CLARKSBURG, Md. (AP) — A Maryland honor student has agreed to plead guilty to bringing a loaded handgun to his high school. Alwin Chen was arrested in February after a school resource officer at Clarksburg…
A Montgomery County teenager charged with bringing a loaded gun to school multiple times is expected to plead guilty to a charge carrying a sentence of 90 days to three years.
Alwin Chen’s trial was to begin Thursday. He’s accused of bringing a loaded handgun to Clarksburg High School.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he’s against arming classroom teachers, supports banning bump stocks and is endorsing clarifying legislation in Annapolis that would remove firearms from those convicted of domestic abuse.
Officer Troy Melott said that his time at Clarksburg High School has helped him build a rapport with the students and that it was important to have that connection so that the students know he is there to protect them.
An emergency bond hearing is scheduled for Tuesday on whether Alwin Chen, 18, should remain in jail. Defense attorneys say evidence was mischaracterized at an earlier hearing — but prosecutors insist Chen is still a threat.
“The State asserted that the alleged ‘list of grievances’ explained, ‘why he (defendant) would want to harm people at the school,'” wrote attorney David Felsen. “The State later argued that the ‘list of grievances’ set forth the supposed motive for Mr. Chen’s alleged bringing the gun to school.”
Alwin Chen was arrested Feb. 15 with a 9 mm handgun in his backpack and a knife in his front shirt pocket, police said. Chen’s arrest inside the Montgomery County, Maryland, high school classroom came the day after a gunman opened fire in a Florida high school, killing 17 people.
Alwin Chen, 18, was charged with carrying a loaded handgun and knife to class in Montgomery County, Maryland, last week. His hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday and his lawyers hope to post bond.
Clarksburg High School Principal Edward Owusu said the student who brought a gun to school Thursday was a good student who showed ‘no warning signs.’
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