BRONX — A 13-year-old student is in custody after he allegedly brought an unloaded gun to a middle school in the Bronx, police said.
Officers responded to a 911 call around 9:40 a.m. Thursday about a possible crime with firearm at Bronx Park Middle School, located at 2441 Wallace Ave., the location of two other middle schools, NYPD said.
When they arrived, police found a 13-year-old boy in possession of a revolver, officials said.
A spokesperson for the School Safety Officers Union said the weapon was found in the teen's backpack. The gun was not loaded and no one was hurt.
The Department of Education released the following statement:
"Nothing is more important than the safety of students and staff. The NYPD immediately responded and safely recovered an unloaded gun from Bronx Park Middle School. Students and staff are safe, families are being notified, and we are supporting the school to ensure appropriate follow-up action is swiftly taken."
A student bringing a gun to school sparked urgent questions from peers and parents.
"We pray everyday that they go to school and they come back home safely and this is going on," parent Alexia Ramos said.
A father told PIX11 he may keep his child home from school on Friday.
This happened one week after an 18-year-old stabbed two classmates, killing a 15-year-old boy, at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx.
In that case and in Thursday's incident, metal detectors were not in use on school grounds. The day after the deadly stabbing, metal detectors were installed in that school.
The NYPD revealed on Wednesday that the number of weapons recovered in city schools so far this year is on the rise.
Outside Bronx Park Middle School on Thursday, parents demanded action.
"They need more protection," Ramos said. "These are little kids."