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Student Brings Loaded Handgun to Downtown High School, Police Say

By Aidan Gardiner | October 7, 2016 12:24pm

MANHATTAN — A 16-year-old boy was taken into custody after he brought a loaded handgun to a downtown high school campus Friday morning, police said.

The boy, whose name wasn't immediately released, was stopped and searched by school safety officers at 411 Pearl St. about 10:30 a.m., an NYPD spokesman said.

They found a .380 Taurus in his backpack and took him into custody, the spokesman said.

Safety officers searched the boy because they smelled marijuana on him, police said.

The campus includes several schools including Murry Bergtraum, which has long been called "troubled" after being the site of frequent brawls, riots and even attempted arson.

The campus also includes the Urban Assembly School of Emergency Management and the Manhattan Early College School for Advertising.

It was not immediately clear which school the student attended.

The teen has not yet been charged.

"All students and staff are safe and we are providing ongoing supports to the school," said Department of Education spokeswoman Toya Holness.