The boy lives with his mother and grandparents, said Sandra Nuth, who lives next door to the family's home on a quiet street in Essex. The house is owned by the mother, according to property records.

Nuth, 70, said she would see the boy outside when he was taking out the trash or playing with his dog, but that he was quiet and seemed to stay indoors a lot. "I never thought he would do something like that," she said.

Nuth said Gatewood is "a good man" whom she enjoyed talking with in the yard, and she called the boy's mother "a wonderful lady."

Stemmers Run parent Tanya Stansbury, who has a daughter in sixth grade, said she is concerned about children's access to firearms.

"I just don't understand how all these kids are getting guns," she said. "My husband's a hunter, and everything's locked."

Stansbury said she would like to see metal detectors in schools, but also wants troubled children to get more support emotionally.

"The children need to know they can always go to somebody," she said. "Sometimes I feel like kids feel like they have no other alternatives."

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said Tuesday that the county would issue hand-held metal detectors to school resource officers and that police would use them "only when there is probable cause to believe that a crime is about to occur."

Stephanie Harris, the mother of a seventh-grade boy, said she wonders how schools will know which students pose dangers.

"How are they going to pick and choose?" she said. "How are they going to know who's suspicious?"

Back at Perry Hall, where 15-year-old Robert Gladden Jr. was arrested on the first day of classes and charged with shooting 17-year-old Daniel Borowy, questions were also abundant.

"I don't feel unsafe, but it's just not the same," Bingaman said. "There is a sense of unease that I never had before. Everything seems stirred up."

Anthony Jones said he often drives his son, a junior, to school.

"It was an isolated incident that we all hope won't happen again," he said. "Parents and teachers just have to pay attention to any signs of problems."

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter Jon Meoli contributed to this article.

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The Sun's next Newsmaker Forum, at 7 p.m. today, will feature new Baltimore County school Superintendent Dallas Dance The forum will take place in the auditorium of the newly renovated Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson.

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