Police said a student was found with a loaded revolver at his school in Queens Thursday morning, marking the second time in less than a week a boy has brought a firearm to class.
NYPD officers were called ot York Early College Academy on 167th Street in Jamaica at about 9 a.m. after getting a call about a child with the weapon, authorities said.
When they arrived, officers found a 15-year-old student with the loaded .38-caliber revolver.
No charges have been filed, and police are investigating how the boy got the weapon.
A spokesperson for the mayor said Thursday: "This is deeply alarming and we are working closely with NYPD to ensure that all students and staff are safe."
An 11-year-old boy was also caught with a loaded 9 mm handgun at nearby P.S. 40 Tuesday afternoon, authorities say. That boy's grandfather was arrested in that case, and is facing several charges including child endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.
The Department of Education said in a statement Wednesday it was working with police to investigate the "disturbing" and "alarming" incident at P.S. 40.
The school safety officers' union, which has been fighting a proposal to remove metal detectors and scanners from schools, pointed to the two incidents as an example of why they need the additional security measure.
"We are told that violent crime in public schools is down and metal detectors are not needed. Yet, today, again, another school, another loaded gun was found," Gregory Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237, said in a statement Thursday.
"The very students [the administration] fears will be offended by having to go through metal detectors, are the same students we want to protect," he said.
A spokesman for the mayor's office told NBC 4 New York in a statement Wednesday that he "believes that we must look closely at school safety data and determine a clear protocol before examining the removal of scanners."