A Crestwood Middle School student is being investigated after a BB gun was fired on a school bus during the Monday afternoon ride home.

No one was seriously hurt, but at least one student was struck, said Michael Doerrer, Frederick County Public Schools spokesman.

The school system is cooperating with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office to figure out exactly what happened, Doerrer said. It was not clear Tuesday how many times the BB gun was fired or how many students were hit. Doerrer also could not say how many students were aboard the bus at the time.

Crestwood Middle School staff members were alerted to the incident when it was reported to the school Tuesday morning. After an investigation, Doerrer said, staff found the BB gun in the student’s locker. The BB gun was confiscated and the student’s parents were notified.

Doerrer declined to share information on the student in possession of the BB gun, and said each school handles student discipline on a case-by-case basis.

Language in the FCPS calendar handbook expressly forbids possession of a weapon, including a BB gun, on a school campus. A student who is found in possession of a weapon can be punished with the lowest tier of consequences, which includes detention, parent outreach or a warning, to the highest, which can include suspension or expulsion, according to school system regulations.

“It’s a very serious matter,” Doerrer said.

When reached for comment, Deputy 1st Class Amanda Hatcher, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said she was unaware of the case.

In an email to the community Tuesday, Crestwood Middle School Principal Donna Clabaugh restated the school policy on weapons. She also wrote in the email that “appropriate disciplinary action” will take place.

“I encourage you to share this policy with your child and talk with him or her about the importance of responsible and respectful behavior,” Clabaugh wrote. “Through cooperation and support, we can keep our school a safe, secure place to learn.”

Staff writer Jeremy Arias contributed to this report.

Follow Jeremy Bauer-Wolf on Twitter: @jbeowulf.

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I am wondering how the student got the bb gun into the school. Is there no check of students?


not usually a middle school. I don't think this school has metal detectors.

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