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Notes: 14-year-old charged with possession of a firearm in Alexandria City High School incident

Good Tuesday morning, Alexandria!

Today’s weather: Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 51 and low of 31.
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A 14-year-old Alexandria City High School (ACHS) student has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property after an incident yesterday that caused the school to go into “secure the building” status.

In a message to parents, ACHS Principal Peter Balas said a teacher confiscated an unloaded handgun from the student around 9:15 a.m. The build was placed into “secure the building” status — meaning operations continue inside the school but no one can enter or leave — while the school worked with the Alexandria Police Department (APD).

The Washington Post reported later that the student was charged with possession of a firearm on school property.

A recent report found that last year, there were 28 incidents involving weapons in Alexandria City Public Schools, with weapons seized including a gun, a stun gun, knives, two fake weapons and pepper spray. The School Board recently approved a pilot to install metal detectors in some of the schools.

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Monarch Montessori School located in the heart of Del Ray is enrolling children 6 weeks to 6 years of age for our half day and full day program.

Our hours of operation are 8:00 AM  to 5:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Monarch Montessori School is open year round, with intermittent breaks.  

Children engage in self-directed, self-initiated activities under the guidance of a trained Montessori teacher. Classroom sizes range from 8-12 students. Our robust curriculum includes botany, sensorial activities, the social graces, culture, math, science, practical life, geography, music appreciation and language arts. 

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Del Ray Dog Fest & Yappy Hour

The 1st Annual Del Ray Dog Fest is a fun outdoor event that will include dog-centered activities, dog menu items, live music, vendors and food on Sunday, April 2 from 11am- 3pm at the George Washington Middle School parking lot.


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