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A Queens teenager was arrested Thursday after bringing a loaded gun to his school.

According to The New York Times, the unidentified 15-year-old brought a .38-caliber gun to York Early College Academy in Jamaica, Queens.

Staff were alerted after a student overheard him threatening another student with the gun. Administrators called the police, who arrived around 9 a.m. to arrest him. As of Thursday afternoon, the teen was in police custody and charges were pending. It is unclear where or how the teen obtained the weapon.

This is the second gun incident in Jamaica this week, after an 11-year-old brought his grandfather’s loaded pistol to his elementary school on Tuesday.

York Early College Academy is a sixth- through 12th-grade preparatory high school where students can attend classes for college credit as early as their junior year. It is just down the block from P.S. 40, where Tuesday’s incident occurred. 

According to the city’s Education Department, the school does not have metal detectors. Nevertheless, in the most recent school survey, 91 percent of students reported feeling safe on the school premises. However, in the same survey, only 74 percent said they felt safe in the immediate neighborhood of the school.

According to the New York City Police Department, four guns have been seized in New York City schools this school year, including the two this week. Nine guns were confiscated in the 2014-15 school year.


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