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      Stephen Lafferty, Georgetown Prep employee, accused of bringing gun to school

      Photo: Montgomery County Police Department

      BETHESDA, Md. (WJLA) - A Georgetown Preparatory School employee has been charged for bringing a gun to school.{}

      Inside the gated campus of the prestigious school on Wednesday afternoon, police say 51-year-old staffer Stephen Lafferty of Frederick, brought a gun to school - which was stunning news to the people who live nearby.

      According to court documents, the gun was similar to a Smith and Wesson 550 caliber revolver with a scope on it. It was unloaded and lying on his desk in a holster.

      Another staffer spotted the weapon and sent a picture to the Dean of Students because reportedly, this was "not the first time Lafferty had brought a gun to school."

      The employee states that he was "very fearful of his safety and that's why he reported it to the authorities."

      Court papers say Lafferty told police he had the gun because he is from Frederick, and the man who works on the gun is from P.G. County, and they were planning to meet at the school.

      Following his arrest, police found a socket{}in Lafferty's right front pocket. It contained a wire filter{}and smelled of burnt marijuana.

      Lafferty has been{}charged with one count of possessing a dangerous weapon on school property and one count of possession of CDS paraphernalia.{}He has been released on bond.