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Two St. Albans students charged after BB gun incident

UPDATE, 6:35 p.m.:
Three private schools on the grounds of the National Cathedral in Northwest Washington were locked down for about 90 minutes Wednesday in a gun-related scare that turned out to involve a BB rifle, officials said.

Two male students at St. Albans School, ages 17 and 18, who were seen with the rifle in a school parking lot were arrested and charged with violating D.C. regulations on the possession and transportation of a BB gun, police said. The National Cathedral School and Beauvoir School, on the grounds with St. Albans, also were locked down from about 8 to 9:30 a.m., officials said.

Police said Arya Mortazavi, 18, of Potomac brought the rifle to school in a gray Jeep. At one point, the 17-year-old student had possession of the rifle before it ended up back in the Jeep police, said. They said there was no evidence that the two meant to pose a threat.

Mortazavi was charged with violating a regulation on the transportation of a BB gun and the other student, whom police did not identify, was charged as a juvenile with illegal possession of a BB gun by a minor.

The U.S. Secret Service also briefly locked down the middle school of Sidwell Friends School, farther north on Wisconsin Avenue NW, where President Obama’s daughter Malia is a student.

— Michael Birnbaum and Paul Duggan

ORIGINAL POST: Two students in the upper school of St. Albans School in Northwest D.C. were taken into custody by D.C. police after a Wednesday morning incident in which a BB gun was found in a student's car, according to a school spokeswoman.

Police have not said whether the youths will be charged with a crime in connection with the incident.

In the morning incident, St. Albans, National Cathedral School and Beauvoir were all locked down from around 8 a.m to about 9:30, according to St. Albans spokeswoman Jeanne Hamrick.

Hamrick declined to say what consquences the students might face at St. Albans. "The school is going to discipline this internally," she said.

Secret Service also briefly locked down nearby Sidwell Friends, the school attended by the daughters of President Obama, although there was no direct threat to the school, according to interim head Stephen Barker.

About 565 boys attend St. Albans, and 580 girls attend National Cathedral School. Another 380 children attend Beauvoir, an elementary school also on the cathedral grounds.

Associated Press material was used in this item, which has been updated since it was first published.

-- Michael Birnbaum and Paul Duggan

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 7, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
Categories:  Paul Duggan , Schools , The District  
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