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April 10, 2008

Accidental gun shot fired at Albert Einstein High School

by Priyanka Gokhale, Online Editor-in-Chief and Lucas Alvarado-Farrar, Online Features Editor
At around 11:30 a.m. yesterday, April 9, a gun was accidentally discharged during an alleged gun sale in a bathroom at Albert Einstein High School, according to MCPS Student Member of the Board (SMOB) Ben Moskowitz. At 1:30 p.m., the school was put into a Code Red alert for the remainder of the day; students returned to a normal school day today. Einstein Assistant Principal Elizabeth Burrell declined to comment on the situation.

Moskowitz said that at least 10 students have been arrested in the case, and that the gun discharger himself was a freshman at the school. The older students will be tried as adults. Security cameras were able to capture "a lot of footage" related to the event, Moskowitz noted.

Upon further examination of the students' lockers, Einstein administrators found two automatic guns, one revolver and several knives, according to Moskowitz. It has been speculated that the incident was gang-related, he said.

Moskowitz believes that the general response from the Einstein community was conducive to promoting safety in the school. Through ConnectEd - an automated phone call service - parents were updated on the situation. "Hopefully, the parents got the information they needed," he said.

Blair Principal Darryl Williams said that while the county's focus is currently on dealing with the aftermath of the shooting, he thinks "high school principals will have an ongoing discussion about high school shootings," as well as a debriefing about what was done well at Einstein and ways to prevent such incidents.



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  • gg son, gg on April 10, 2008 at 6:01 PM
    Why am i just now hearing about this? This is a big deal, Why didn't Mr. Williams get on the pa and say something like he did when Sean Taylor died? He is fakin on the low low.
  • Dantes on April 10, 2008 at 8:07 PM
    I highly doubt they were in possession of automatic weapons. Obtaining such weapons requires either a special permit or contacts with special black market dealer. Both are highly unlkely. The media likes to use these trigger words ?automatic weapons and assult rifles.? I do not fault the writer for the misleading information, as the source was probably wrong to begin with.
  • Yo on April 10, 2008 at 8:13 PM
    I love Moskowitz, but how come they couldnt get anyone else to comment? He's not the authority on this kind of thing. I mean, he shouldnt be the spokesperson for school security.
  • Ajking8 on April 11, 2008 at 11:07 AM
    why would any one sell guns at school??
    and why would any one sell loaded guns?
    Whats the point of bring a gun to school..
    They are just stupid..
    • kia (View Email) on April 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM
      well you never know anything is capable in this world now... .................................
  • :-) on April 11, 2008 at 6:53 PM
    To make money
  • student on April 12, 2008 at 4:04 PM
    Moskowitz most likely presented this information due to his position as a SMOB, a representative of the student body, and thus it would make sense that he might be chosen as potential candidate to inform students of the general information relating to the situation.

    Though I'm not really much of an authority on weapons, the automatic guns might have been automatic handguns (maybe semi-automatic?) or some other legally sold automatic weapon (not sure about the specifics of Maryland gun laws). This in mind, it could have been acquired by a registered adult then taken by or distributed to a student(s). This is, however, only speculation.

    Students were most likely not informed by Mr. Williams as not to cause a panic among the student body. Although issuing a code Blue might have been a reasonable decision, the distance of Einstein from Blair and the likelihood that this was an isolated incident might have played a role in the principal's decision. But, I assume that the students of Blair will be getting take-home letters concerning the incident.

    I would like to agree that bringing weapons (especially loaded guns) to school is a fairly stupid to do and has no importance what so ever to a standard school education or to lives of those who may be affected by such a decision. However, the students who brought these weapons to school might have though security was lax enough to avoid detection (which will hopefully be resolved). Although it should be said that the guards of Einstein might not have had "reasonable cause" (and thus authority) to search for weapons, which they did (I would assume) as soon as they possibly could do so.

    Well, this certainly was long winded and somewhat unneccessary, but I guess it presents my take on the previous comments and the unfloding situation. Now to start on my English project.
  • blazer on April 13, 2008 at 9:11 PM
    this is totally ridiculous
    but nice reporting, you guys

  • Someone you may know on April 14, 2008 at 9:55 PM
    I agree with "gg son, gg". We definitely did not get a letter of any sort. Mr Williams is pulling some hypocritical BS.
  • The Common Blazer on April 15, 2008 at 11:30 AM
    OMG this was supposed to be my home school. Thank God I did not go there. Anway Blair is better. GO BLAZERS (Class of 2010).
  • YAHHHHHHH (View Email) on April 18, 2008 at 11:28 AM
    OMG I WOULD HAV LIEK DEAD IF I IS THERE. SNAPS SON TIS LETTERS BE BIG!@
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