Police: MCPS 12th grader caught with 3 knives, school doesn't notify parents
ROCKVILLE, Md. (ABC7) —
A 12th grader at Richard Montgomery High School was allegedly caught on campus with three knives, yet administrators chose not to notify the school community about the public safety threat.
On Feb. 23, an unnamed student spotted a knife sticking out of 18-year-old Carlos Ruben Castillo Junior's front pant pocket. They notified school staff members.
Administrators pulled Castillo out of class and rummaged through his clothing reportedly uncovering a folding knife in a pant pocket and two "credit card style" knives in a wallet.
Investigators said "credit card" knives have an ultra slim design, and quite literally, fold into the shape and size of a standard credit card.
An online advertisement for one such knife says, "Quick and Simple Conversion - In just seconds, this tool transforms from an unassuming card in your wallet into a fully functional knife."
Richard Montgomery staff members contacted Castillo's mother, who picked her son up from school.
Police have since charged Castillo with having a dangerous weapon on school property, plus concealing a dangerous weapon. The two charges carry a combined maximum of six years in prison.
The incident involving Castillo occurred nine days after the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and eight days after Clarksburg High School student Alwin Chen, 18, was arrested for allegedly taking a loaded, homemade handgun and knife onto school property.
Despite the heightened level of distress about deadly weapons within school buildings, MCPS said it chose not to send an alert to the Richard Montgomery school community about Castillo being charged.
Chen told police he routinely brought the Glock handgun to class for protection. It's unclear if Castillo made any sort of similar explanation to authorities regarding the confiscated knives.
Castillo is scheduled to appear in Montgomery County District Court in Rockville on March 27 for a trial. No defense attorney is listed in court paperwork at this time.