Delegate Pat McDonough Demands Police Investigation into Baltimore County Public Schools Weapons Incidents

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Delegate Pat McDonough demands police investigation into Baltimore County Public Schools weapons incidents. An alarming increase of 35% in just 2 years, but the system does not retain data or initiate action to solve the problem. I copy of a recent letter to Chief Sheridan of the Baltimore County Police Department follows.

June 2, 2017

Dear Chief Sheridan,

It has been brought to my attention that an alarming increase in weapons incidents have occurred in the Baltimore County Public Schools in the past two years. According to Fox 45 News, in a special report, there has been a 35% increase during the past two years. This translates into 311 weapons incidents. In Baltimore City, which has a much higher and serious crime problem than Baltimore County, there were 329 incidents. At the present rate of increase, the County will surpass the City this year. This situation does not make sense considering the problems confronting Baltimore City.

To make matters worse, the reporters at Fox 45 have been told by Dr. Dallas Dance that there are no specific statistics or data available regarding the details of these incidents. For example, was there a firearm, knife, or something else involved in an incident? I believe these facts are important in order to develop a strategy or policy that can reduce, or prevent, this growing problem. It would seem impossible to create an answer to this problem without knowing all of the details.

I believe there may also be a violation of state law if the firearm incidents are not reported, officially, to law enforcement for investigation and possible prosecution. This problem goes beyond a school responsibility and into the arena of public safety. If a tragedy occurred tomorrow and a child was seriously injured, or lost their life, in Baltimore County, it would become front page news. The citizens, parents, teachers and other children would want to know, and deserve to know, what the responsible public officials have been doing about this problem. At this point, based on what Dr. Dallas Dance is telling news reporters, nothing, in terms of discovery or investigation, has been initiated.

I am forwarding a letter to the Attorney General requesting his opinion on this matter. I am asking the Baltimore County Police Department to conduct an investigation into why there is not a serious attempt to address a dangerous situation that appears to be growing worse. I will be researching through the attorneys in the legislative bill office as to whether or not legislation is required to resolve this situation. I would appreciate any response or information you can provide that indicates that there has been a formal investigation of this matter with an attempt to develop a resolution. In advance, thank you for any cooperation you may provide.

Delegate Pat McDonough

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