A student at a Brooklyn middle school was arrested Tuesday when administrators found a 9-Mm gun in his backpack, authorities said.
This incident marks the third time in two weeks a student has been caught with a gun in school.
The NYPD responded to MS 61 in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens at about 12:50 p.m. The police officers were directed to the school’s administrative offices, where they concluded that a student had brought .9 mm semi-automatic pistol and nine bullets into the building, according to sources.
A male, 14-year-old, student was taken into custody without incident, sources say.
“This is profoundly disturbing and we are working in close partnership with NYPD to investigate this incident,” a Department of Education spokesperson said.
“There is zero tolerance for weapons of any kind and nothing is more important than the safety of all students and staff. Families will be notified and we are providing additional supports to the school community.”
Neighbors told NY1 they are shocked.
“I’ve been told that this was a very good school for the children to be going to, and it’s a shame that you find handguns at this school, because I’m afraid for the children,” said one neighbor.
“I’ve never heard about any safety issues, that’s why I’m so surprised,” said another.
Recent data from the state show that MS 61 had several weapons related incidents last year.
Last Thursday, a 15-year-old boy was arrested at York Early College Academy, which is off of 167th Street and 108th Road in Jamaica, after showing a gun to a friend.
Two days before that, an 11-year-old boy brought a gun into PS 40 in Jamaica. The boy’s grandfather was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.