Springbrook High School Student Arrested and Charged with Possession of Unloaded Handgun on School Property

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department’s Firearms Investigations Unit have charged 17-year-old Solomon Henderson of Silver Spring as an adult with offenses related to the possession of an unloaded handgun on school property.

Today shortly after 10:30 a.m., administrative staff and security personnel for Springbrook High School, located at 201 Valley Brook Drive in Silver Spring, received information that Henderson was in possession of a handgun.  The School Resource Officer (SRO) was notified.  An unloaded .40 caliber handgun and an empty magazine were located in Henderson’s gym bag.

Henderson was transported to the Central Processing Unit 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.  Bond information is not available.

At this time, detectives have not identified any type of threat or intention by Henderson to harm other students or staff.

Investigation has determined that the handgun was legally purchased and is registered to Henderson’s father.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call the Firearms Investigations Unit at 240-773-6400.


Note: The Department does not release photographs of juveniles.

Student Charged with Possession of Knife at Paint Branch High School

This morning at approximately 8:34 a.m., 3rd District officers responded to Paint Branch High School located at 14121 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville for the report of a student in possession of a pocket knife and firearm ammunition.

Responding officers confirmed that school administrators had found a 16-year-old male student to be in possession of a pocket knife and six rounds of handgun ammunition placed in a small, plastic sandwich bag.

During this investigation, officers received no information that indicated that the student had been in possession of a gun at school today.  Officers searched the school grounds and the male student’s home and did not locate any firearm.

The juvenile student was transported to the 3rd District Station and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on school property.  He was released to the custody of his guardian.  The case will be referred to the Department of Juvenile Services for adjudication.