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Published On: Sat, May 28th, 2016

New York Boy, 8, brings loaded handgun to school, omits details in letter to parents

An eight-year-old boy brought a loaded gun to his elementary school Friday, discovered by teachers after the boy refused to leave his backpack at the end of school year “Spirit Day” celebration. The teacher immediately called 911 and the New York Police Department confiscated the firearm, identified as a Taurus handgun loaded with four bullets.
The unidentified boy wrapped the pistol in a black shopping bag and stuffed it inside his backpack. This is the sixth such case in New York since March, a state which has a zero tolerance against guns.
photo released by authorities of gun taken to New York school by 8-year-old student

photo released by authorities of gun taken to New York school by 8-year-old student

“We are working closely with the NYPD as they investigate this troubling incident. Nothing is more important than the safety of all students and staff, and there is zero tolerance for weapons of any kind,”the Department of Education said in a statement, according to WABC.

The boy and his parents were taken to the 71st precinct for an interrogation. There were no arrests at the time of this report and authorities didn’t release the name of the gun owner, how the boy acquired the weapon and what New York gun laws were broken.

Authorities believe that the boy might have had a dispute with another child, and they suspect his teenage brother had something to do with this incident.

The school sent home letters to the parents explaining what happened — without specifically mentioning the gun.

“A student was discovered carrying a weapon in his book bag,” the letter explained. “We assure you that every precaution was taken and will continue to be taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

Education Department spokeswoman Toya Holness said officials were working closely with the NYPD in its investigation.

“There is zero tolerance for weapons of any kind,” she said.

Weapons seizures in city schools are up by roughly 25% this academic year compared to last academic year.

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