Md. student arrested for drinking, bringing shotgun to school

(WJLA) - A student at Southern High School in Anne Arundel County was arrested Thursday for being drunk at school, and bringing a shotgun and shell onto campus in his vehicle.

According to Anne Arundel County police, at around 10:20 a.m., a student at the school approached a teacher and said he or she believed another student was under the influence of alcohol.

The teacher alerted school administrators, and they brought the 16-year-old boy to the office to speak with him.

School officials said, in talking with the boy, they got the impression that he had driven a truck to school that morning, although the student was not authorized to drive to school and park in the school's lot.

Additionally, they suspected he may have contraband in the truck. Officials enlisted the help of the school resource officer to search the truck.

During that search, an unloaded, 12-gauge shotgun was found in the truck's covered bed, along with a single, unspent shotgun shell.

Officials also found a bottle containing an alcoholic beverage.

Police said the school resource officer took custody of the weapon, ammunition and alcohol.

The 16-year-old male, whom police said lives in Lothian, was arrested and taken to the police station.

Police said the unnamed student faces disciplinary sanctions from the Anne Arundel County school district, in addition to criminal charges for underage alcohol possession and possession of a deadly weapon on school property.

Police said Thursday that, prior to the weapon's discovery, there were no indications the student made any threats against anyone at the school.