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Student in custody after Montgomery County Police respond to threat at high school

Police responded to the threat at Northwood High School, which left students and staff sheltering in place.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Montgomery County Police responded Wednesday to a threat at Northwood High School that left students and staff sheltering in place, along with Forest Knolls Elementary School on lockdown. 

Police said that a 15-year-old student suspect is now in custody. 

An anonymous tip led staff at Northwood High School in Silver Spring to conduct a self-search on the student, which revealed two rounds of ammunition.  

Montgomery County Police were immediately contacted and police say that the student left the campus and was later located.

A Montgomery County Police K-9 search recovered a handgun, which was located off school property. It has not been determined whether the handgun belonged to the student. The student was unarmed when police took him into custody. Due to the age of the student, police are not sharing his name.  

Police have not released any additional details regarding the nature of the threat. 

Just last month, students at Winston Churchill High School in Montgomery County were asked to shelter in place after a teen girl was attacked by a student from another school, according to Montgomery County Police.

Police said a 17-year-old student from Walt Whitman High School came to Winston Churchill High School and attacked the female Churchill student with a knife in the Montgomery County school’s parking lot. 

WUSA9 will update this story as more information is confirmed by our newsroom.

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