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Prosecutors: Rifle, grenades, grievances found at home of teen found with gun at Md. HS

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CLARKSBURG, Md. (WJLA) - Multiple guns, including an AR-15 style rifle, ammunition, grenades, a ballistic vest, and a list of grievances against fellow students were found at the home of the Maryland teen charged with bringing a loaded gun and knife to Clarksburg High School last week, according to prosecutors and a Montgomery County police officer who spoke in court Tuesday.

Montgomery County Police said 18-year-old Alwin Chen was arrested and charged Feb. 15 with possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under 21 years old and possession of a firearm on school property after the incident.

Chen, who is currently being held without bond, had also allegedly brought a gun to school once before, according to prosecutors, though the kind of weapon and when the alleged incident occurred remains unclear.

Chen's defense stated that the teen has no evidence of mental health and that he has completely cooperated with authorities. The defense also stated in court that Chen is an honor roll student with scholarship offers from two universities, and that the additional weapons were not found in his room but in another room in his home. Those weapons are believed to have been purchased legally and licensed properly, according to the defense.

At around 2 p.m. this past Thursday, a school resource officer was reportedly notified that Chen may have brought a weapon to school. School security and the SRO then went to Chen's classroom and accompanied the student to the office.

When they arrived at the office, the SRO reportedly asked if Chen had any weapons on him. Chen responded that he had a handgun in his bookbag and a knife in his front shirt pocket, according to authorities.

"This illegal and dangerous behavior will not be tolerated in our school community," Clarksburg High School principal Edward Owusu wrote in a letter that was sent home to parents. "Weapons of any type are not permitted on or near school property. Any student caught with a weapon will be referred to law enforcement and punished accordingly."

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