Suitland High School students arrested after being found with guns

Two Suitland High School students were arrested and charged with bringing loaded guns to class on Monday, the first day back to school for children in Prince George’s County.

Deputies from the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office first attended Suitland High School on Monday morning to execute a warrant for the arrest of a 16-year-old student. Police say the teenager was involved in a carjacking in District Heights on June 29.

When deputies and a school resource officer took the student into custody, they found a gun in his belt, according to a police news release. The 16 year old who police did not name, is now charged as an adult with possession of a handgun on school property and other gun-related charges, in addition to the original charge carjacking.

Hours later, at around 2 p.m., a parent notified the school that an 18-year-old student, Christopher Harris, may also have brought a gun to school, county police said. The school resource officer and other school security personnel found the 18-year-old in a hallway and found a gun in his backpack, police said.

Harris will be charged with “multiple” firearms offenses, including possession of a dangerous weapon on school property, police said.

On Monday, Suitland High School principal Ronald Hollis sent a letter notifying parents of the two arrests. No students or staff were injured, he said.

“The safety of the Suitland High School community is our top priority,” Hollis wrote to parents. “Any student found in possession of a weapon will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.”

Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Monica Goldson said she appreciated the “quick response” from law enforcement. She asked parents to check their children’s backpacks and inform the police of safety and “health and welfare” issues.

“I want to reiterate that guns have no place in our schools,” Goldson said. “Families need to help us protect all students and staff from harm.”

Clarence Williams contributed to this report.

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