Two Monocacy Middle School students were handcuffed by the school resource officer and may face charges of disorderly conduct after a confrontation with the officer Wednesday.
Administration and the officer were investigating a possible cellphone theft Wednesday. When the school resource officer spoke to the two students in question, who were not named in a news release, they grew "agitated" and "unruly." The students would not follow the officer's instructions, and were handcuffed.
Lt. Clark Pennington, spokesman for the Frederick Police Department, confirmed that officers were still investigating at the school as of about 4:15 p.m.
"They've got two students in custody with disrupting school activities," Pennington said. "That's a disorderly conduct charge because it disrupts the learning environment."
Pennington declined to provide further information, citing the ages of the students involved and the ongoing investigation.
In the release, Monocacy Middle Principal Brian Vasquenza encouraged students to keep their personal devices on their person or secure them in a locker.
Staff writer Jeremy Arias contributed to this report.