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Loaded gun found on Old Mill High School student

School leaders taking disciplinary action
Posted at 11:34 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 23:40:58-04

Parents are being asked to talk to their kids after police say a classmate brought a loaded gun to an Anne Arundel County High School.

RELATED: 18-year-old arrested with loaded gun at Old Mill High School

WMAR-2 News spoke to parents and students about the disturbing incident.

"Someone with an actual live gun in our school it probably could’ve ended up pretty badly if he had bad intentions," said student Carlos Baniagua. 

It started with a video posted to social media-- Anne Arundel County Police say it looks to have been shot inside a school and shows 18-year-old Maleek Benjamin with a gun.

"It's very frightening it makes you really stop and think about your child’s safety and the safety of everybody else.  In school and as a parent you want to do the best for your child," said parent Laura Miller.

The school resource officer found Benjamin and recovered this loaded gun from his coat pocket.

"He got escorted out of the school but it was still scary knowing that when I walked to school today there was someone with a live gun," Baniagua.

Old Mill High School principal, Stacy Smith sent a letter to parents Wednesday, asking them to talk to their children about what's being called a very serious incident.

"I think that we need to talk to our kids about how to handle themselves and how to look for signs of trouble," Miller said.

Smith said Benjamin didn’t threaten anyone.

"We need to go back to the old ways of discipline that’s it because there's no consequences, I don't see it," said grandmother, Emma Beard.

Police say no one was hurt in Wednesday's incident.  Benjamin faces several weapons charges. 

Benjamin was removed from school and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken in line with the student code of conduct.