BROOKLYN — A 17-year-old student brought a handgun to his Downtown Brooklyn high school campus on the first day of classes Thursday morning, police said.
School safety agents found the unloaded .25 caliber pistol in Adrian Carr's backpack when he went through the metal detectors at the 105 Tech Place campus about 9:30 a.m., according to an NYPD spokesman and court papers.
Carr told a safety agent that he got the weapon from his mother's safe and forgot to put it back before going to school, prosecutors said.
He was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds and two other counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
The teen is a student at the Tech Place campus which houses both the George Westinghouse Career and Technical Educational High School and City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, police said. It wasn't immediately clear which school he attends.
"Students and staff are safe, families are being notified and we are providing the campus with additional support," said Department of Education spokeswoman Toya Holness.
"Last year was the safest school year on record and crime in schools is at an all-time low," she added.
Thursday marked the first day of school for more than 1 million city students.
Carr was released without bail after being arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court Thursday.
His lawyer did not return an immediate request for comment.