Loaded Handgun Recovered at Richard Montgomery High School; Student Apprehended

A loaded handgun was recovered by police today at Richard Montgomery High School (RMHS) in Rockville. RMHS Principal Alicia Deeny released the following community message:

“Dear Richard Montgomery High School Community,
I share this message with a mix of concern and relief. Today, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) and MCPS security, our school administration successfully intervened to confiscate a loaded handgun from one of our students. The initial alert from MCPD raised a potential threat, prompting swift coordination between the Rockville City Police Department (RCPD), school administration, and security.

Through effective communication, coordination, and prompt action, we identified and apprehended the individual, safely recovered the weapon, and minimized disruption to our school day.
I recognize that you may feel anxious due to this and other serious incident messages. It is important to understand we take safety very seriously and we will be examining how we can bring even higher levels of safety to our school. This is our collective desire and our commitment as a school svstem. I can affirm that RM is a remarkable school, home to dedicated staff who embody the spirit of public service, demonstrating resilience and commitment daily. As a community, we are resolute in our mission to maintain a secure and positive learning environment for our students. This incident is not who we are as a school or community.

While this incident remains an active police investigation, our commitment to your safety remains a focus. For this incident due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, I’m unable to share specific details at this time; should we learn more information important to share with our community, I will do so.

For the remainder of today, our collaboration with law enforcement continues, with police presence around our premises. The Bridge to Wellness team is available to support students and staff. To parents, students, and staff, your solidarity is deeply appreciated. We remain united as a school family, working alongside our community partners to address our safety concerns.
Warm regards, Alicia Deeny Principal.”

The Montgomery County Police Department is currently handling the investigation and we will provide an update when additional information becomes available.


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