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A Maryland teenager arrested at his high school with a loaded handgun the day after last week’s mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School also had a sizeable arsenal at his home, according to FOX5DC.


Alwin Chen was pulled out of class on Thursday, February 15 after Clarksburg High School received a tip that a student had a weapon in school. Principal Edward Owusu told Clarksburg High parents that they received the tip at 1:55 p.m. local time, towards the end of the school day.

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When Chen and his backpack were brought to the school office, Chen allegedly told school security and a school resource officer that he had a gun in his backpack and a knife in his shirt pocket. Chen was reportedly arrested without incident and charged with possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under 21 years old and possession of a firearm on school property. Prosecutors say Chen also had a physical list of grievances against other students in his possession. Chen’s father told a reporter that his son may have felt a need “to protect himself.”

Now, authorities say they located a larger cache of weapons at Chen’s home — including an AR-15 or similar rifle, one of which was used just last week in the killing of 17 staff and students at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A tactical vest, inert grenades and more handguns were gathered from Chen’s home.

He is being held without bond at this time. A motive for bringing the weapon to Clarksburg High School remains undetermined. Court documents acquired by ABC7 say Chen told police he “felt anxious from social interactions between himself + students.”

Patrick is a content editor for Rare.
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