What to Know
- A gun was found in a bag a student brought into a New Jersey elementary school, officials said
- A 14-year-old boy was arrested after he was found to be in possession of a gun at James F. Murray Elementary School
- The boy faces charges including possession of a handgun by a minor and possession of a weapon inside an educational institution
An eighth-grade student was arrested at a New Jersey elementary school after a loaded gun was found in his backpack, officials said.
The 14-year-old boy was arrested after he was found to be in possession of a gun at James F. Murray Elementary School in Jersey City on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the mayor said. The tip was called in from another student's mother, according to a source.
The boy, who transferred in just this year, faces charges including possession of a handgun by a minor, possession of a weapon inside an educational institution, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon, according to the spokesperson.
No one was hurt. But parents picking up their children from school Wednesday were terrified to learn a loaded gun was discovered there hours earlier, and furious that they never got a call or email from the school about it.
"You have parents frantic now," said one parent. "My friend texted me, 'Are the kids OK?' I said, 'Yeah, why are you asking me that?'"
The Board of Education president, Sudhan Thomas, agreed parents should be first to know when a gun is found inside a school. He said he's been to funerals of four kids killed by gunfire, and promised to learn from a situation he's thankful never turned tragic.
"Solutions are not barricading schools," he said. "Wsudhane need to get to the socioecomonic root, otherwise we'll be going to more funerals. I'm tired of this."