Unarmed Baltimore School Officer Disarms Student with Gun

Carver Vocational Tech High School Police Officer Joseph Fair has been named February’s Campus Safety Hero for his quick actions that saved lives.

For most people, Valentine’s Day is dedicated to love, but Feb. 14th this year was anything but sweet for two Carver Vocational Tech High School students in Baltimore. On that day, the two teens began fighting in the school cafeteria as hundreds of students and staff were eating their lunches.

Police officer Joseph Fair, who was unarmed, intervened in the altercation. As he was responding, he noticed that one of the students was reaching for a handgun that was in the pocket of his jacket. Fair quickly seized the weapon – a loaded 32. Caliber Smith/Wesson handgun with six rounds of ammunition – and took the student into custody.

Major Akil L. Hamm Sr., who is acting chief of police for Baltimore’s city public schools, credits Fair for saving the lives of not just the two teens involved in the altercation, but also the other students and staff members who were in the cafeteria at the time.

“His actions are indicative of the level of character, training and experience which he possesses and is indicative of the caliber of personnel employed by this agency,” Hamm says.

That’s why CS is naming Officer Joseph Fair as February’s Campus Safety Hero. Way to go Officer Fair!

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