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A student at Northwood High School in Silver Spring turned himself in after authorities recovered a handgun near the school and ammunition at the school, according to the principal.

Principal Jonathan Garrick wrote in a letter to the community that school officials received a tip that a student might have taken a gun to school Wednesday morning.

When school security and administrators searched the student, they found two rounds of ammunition, Garrick wrote. The student fled and the school called Montgomery County police.

The school went into “shelter in place” mode for an hour, until the student turned himself in to law enforcement, according to Garrick. Instruction then resumed.

“During a law enforcement canine search, a handgun was recovered off school property, and the police investigation continues,” he wrote.

Montgomery County police said in a press release that they recovered a handgun near school property, haven’t determined if it belonged to the student.

Police did not identify the student, but said he is 15 years old. 

Garrick wrote in the letter that counselors will be available for students who need support.

In addition to Northwood being put in shelter in place, nearby Forest Knolls Elementary School was placed on lockdown.

Wednesday’s incident is the latest in a series of public safety incidents recently at MCPS schools. Last week, a student at Montgomery Blair High School was charged with attempted murder after police said he stabbed another student.

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