The grandfather of a student who brought a handgun to Stemmers Run Middle School was charged with a gun law violation Tuesday afternoon.
A allegedly pointed a .25 caliber handgun at his teacher, classmates and himself before the teacher intervened and disarmed him. The boy was taken into custody.
The boy's grandfather, 70-year-old Norman James Gatewood of the 300-block Stillwater Road in Essex, was charged with violating a law mandating weapons be secured from children under 15 years of age, according to a Baltimore County Police Department news release. Gatewood allegedly owned the gun the boy brought to the school.
"We’ll charge any individual who violates the [gun] law," police Chief Jim Johnson said in the release.
Following the incident, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz ordered
"The teachable moment here is, 'Lock your weapons up,'" Johnson said in the release.