Anne Arundel County police found a stash of high-powered weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle and an Uzi carbine, at the home of a 25-year-old man who they said entered North County High School in Glen Burnie through a back door.
Police said Justin Matthew Beaumont, 25, of the 6000 block of Eiderdown Road in Glen Burnie got into the school around 1:45 p.m. Monday by following a school employee. He was later apprehended by the school's resource officer and charged with misdemeanor trespassing.
Lt. J.D. Batten, commander of the department's School Safety Section, said Beaumont told officials he once attended North County High and said he had been bullied there. Police later determined that he attended North County for two months in 2002 before transferring to another high school.
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He did not threaten school officials, Batten said, but made inquiries about school security and told officials he was previously in the military.
No weapons were found on Beaumont or in his car, but officials said they were concerned by statements he made, which they called "extremely unusual and alarming."
Police obtained a search warrant and found guns at Beaumont's home, including the AK-47 loaded with a 30-round magazine, an unloaded Uzi, two bolt-action rifles, three handguns and ammunition.
Beaumont's weapons were legally registered, police said, but the guns were taken by police as they investigate.
Tom Fleckenstein, deputy state's attorney for Anne Arundel County, said there was "no disqualifying prior that would prevent him from owning these firearms legally."
Beaumont was taken for an emergency mental health evaluation at Sheppard Pratt Health System, a psychiatric facility in Towson, Fleckenstein said. On Wednesday, a district judge revoked Beaumont's bond so he could be held for further mental health evaluation.
Fleckenstein said that "when he is done at the Sheppard Pratt," Beaumont will appear before a district judge.
The penalty for trespassing on posted property carries a 90-day maximum penalty, Fleckenstein said. Currently, he added, there are no additional charges against Beaumont.
Batten said Beaumont is being detained "on the mental health aspect that allows for law enforcement, who suspect that someone may be a danger to themselves or potentially to others, to hold them for safekeeping until such time that that person can be evaluated by medical professionals."
Anne Arundel school officials confirmed that Beaumont is the son of George Beaumont, assistant principal at South River High, another county school. George Beaumont had no comment on the incident involving his son, school officials said.
County school officials sent a note to North County High parents signed by Principal William Heiser, saying he has communicated with school staff, "the critical need to pull every door shut upon entrance and to be vigilant about the exterior environment in these situations."