A 14-year-old Cardozo High School student was arrested Jan. 3 after school safety agents noticed him drop a firearm while walking up a stairway, according to authorities.
The student had allegedly been carrying the loaded weapon within his backpack.
According to the NYPD, officers from the 111th Precinct arrived on the scene at around 12:38 p.m. on Jan. 3. After being informed by the school safety agents of what happened, the student was brought into custody without incident.
As of Wednesday morning, charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing. The police have not yet stated the student’s motive for bringing the loaded gun to school.
“The safety and well-being of all students and staff members at Cardozo High School remains our highest priority,” Cardozo High School Principal Meagan Colby said in a statement. “The student, along with the book bag [he’d been carrying the weapon in] were taken into a secure office and the New York City Police Department was notified. All students and staff remained in the school while NYPD conducted their investigation. No students or staff were harmed during this incident.”
According to Colby, Cardozo High School took precautions to ensure the students and staff members would be safe during this incident. Despite the arrest, the school day did not experience any disruptions.
“Weapons of any kind have absolutely no place in our schools,” an NYC Department of Education spokesperson said in a statement to QNS. “We remain committed to making sure our students, schools and communities are safe. Our school staff and School Safety Agents acted immediately and safely recovered the weapon.”