A Baltimore County teen is accused of planing a shooting at a Towson high school that makes a point of discouraging bullying and alienation, which are often given as reasons behind such attacks.
On Saturday, 16-year-old Sash A. Nemphos admitted to planning to kill people at his high school, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson. Police then found a gun and explosive devices at his Monkton home. Nemphos now faces adult charges of possession of a destructive device, possession of a handgun, possessing a dangerous weapon on school property, and multiple counts of theft.
Nemphos’s fellow students are particularly shocked because they say that the arts high school works hard to create an inclusive environment for all students. Ron Anahaw, a senior at Carver, told the Baltimore Sun that “[i]t is recognized that every individual in the school is worth something” and that “[n]o one is ever put down in the school.”
Carver Center doesn’t recognze a prom king and prom queen, and no one is allowed to sit alone in the cafeteria. Junior Maya Raynes said that, while students may feel pressure to work hard, social acceptance reigns.
The school was recognized in 2014 as one of the best high schools in the United States.
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