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A 12-year-old boy was charged for allegedly pointing a replica gun inside the auditorium of Earle B. Wood Middle School in Rockville, Md., Thursday, May 3, 2018. (Montgomery County Police Department)

Boy, 12, charged after allegedly pointing replica gun in auditorium of Md. middle school

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJLA) - A 12-year-old boy has been charged after he allegedly pointed a replica gun inside the auditorium of Earle B. Wood Middle School in Rockville, Maryland.

Montgomery County Police say the student was charged with threat of mass violence and disrupting school activities and threatening others with bodily harm.

On May 2, the boy walked into the school's auditorium and approached a group of female students. According to police, he removed what "appeared" to be a real gun from his backpack.

He showed the girls the replica gun, telling them that "the safety was on" the weapon. Investigators say the boy began pointing the gun around the auditorium.

The students started screaming and ran out of panic. They located one of the teachers in the school's auditorium and told her the boy had a gun.

According to Montgomery County Police, the teacher found the boy sitting on a mat holding the weapon with his finger on the trigger.

After the teacher told the boy to give her the gun, he placed it in his backpack and gave it to her.

Police say the teacher examined the gun and discovered it was plastic and spray-painted black.

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