HAGERSTOWN, MD — A student from Rockland Woods Elementary showed a handgun to other students on the school bus this week in Washington County.

It happened Wednesday afternoon.

In a letter to families, Washington County Schools Superintendent Dr. David Sovine talked about the incident.

“He was carrying it in his bookbag. The gun was not loaded, and the student did not have any ammunition,” Sovine said.

“I am thankful to the students who reported this to the bus driver, and I appreciate the bus driver’s quick and calm action in the interest of student safety and well-being. WCPS is cooperating with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office while they investigate this matter. While we are incredibly fortunate that no one was harmed today, it is very disturbing to know that a student had a weapon in one of our schools.”

Sovine went on to say, “We all must work together to keep our schools and our children safe.”

1. Please talk to your children about the danger involved in bringing inappropriate items to school. There are significant ramifications to these decisions.


2. If you see something, say something. Parents, school staff, community members – please quickly report any potential danger to law enforcement or a school administrator. Please assure your children they are making a good decision by speaking up when it comes to safety.


3. It is the law in Maryland to keep your weapons locked and secured at all times so they don’t get into the hands of children. I can’t stress this enough.

“There are serious consequences for both children and families in these circumstances. WCPS wants only the best for our students and for our community. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our schools safe and secure,” Superintendent Sovine said.