A Maryland teen took a loaded ghost gun to his middle school, setting off a brief lockdown, police said Tuesday.
The 13-year-old student, whose identity was not released, was taken into custody at Isaac J. Gourdine Middle School in Fort Washington, Prince George’s County police said in a statement.
Responding cops found the boy in a classroom, where he had a “non-serialized ghost gun” tucked away in his waistband. No students or faculty members were hurt.
“The preliminary investigation revealed the 13-year-old student showed the weapon to other students this morning, one of whom reported it,” police said.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Charges against the student were pending, police said.
The school was locked down for about 90 minutes when police got the report of a student with a gun, a Prince George’s County Public Schools spokeswoman told the Washington Post.
Students who saw the 13-year-old boy with the ghost gun notified school staffers, the spokeswoman said.
So-called “ghost guns” — or firearms without serial numbers that typically cannot be traced — are widely available online and can be purchased by anyone without a background check.
NYPD officials, meanwhile, have said they’re worried about the proliferation of such weapons. The number of recovered ghost guns in the city has skyrocketed from 17 in 2018 to 131 between January and April, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said last month.
The 131 ghost guns recovered during that timeframe represent a 351 percent increase over the 29 recovered by cops during the same period in 2021, NYPD statistics show.