A 16-year-old Aberdeen High School student, who served as a student counselor at the Harford Glen Environmental Education Center in Abingdon, was arrested Friday after police found seven knives in her possession while on the premises.
According to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, just after 10 a.m. on Friday Harford Glen staff learned that a student counselor was in possession of knives. A Student Resource Officer was immediately contacted and responded to Harford Glen, while the girl was asked to report to the nurse’s office with all of her luggage, so she would not be near the elementary school students who were visiting during the week. In the office, the girl asked to pull everything out of her back pack and suitcase. Seven knives ranging in size and style were recovered.
The administrator of Harford Glen contacted the girl’s mother and advised that her daughter was being charged with possessing a weapon on school property and disturbing school operations, police said. The mother signed the arrest form release agreement and her daughter was released back into her care at just before 1 p.m. Friday.
The girl had reported to Harford Glen on Tuesday and was due to leave on Friday. All knives were confiscated by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
“We have no reason to believe that the student intended to harm anyone, however, carrying weapons of any kind on school property is a serious offense and one that is not taken lightly,” Harford County Public Schools spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld said. “Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken against the student involved.”
The Harford Glen property is owned by the Harford County Public Schools, which has operated a residential outdoor education program for students on the site for the last 30 years. From the Harford Glen website:
Since 1980, Harford Glen has offered a unique experience to Harford County Public School’s fifth grade students. The three and a half day residential outdoor education program allows students and teachers the opportunity to be immersed in environmental education. Using the theme of Environmental Stewardship, fifth graders learn about the world they live in and their role in protecting, conserving and improving natural resources. Upon returning to school, teachers have the option to implement a schoolyard habitat project. This project will demonstrate student knowledge of what they have learned at Harford Glen.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed Kranefeld’s quote.