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8-year-old boy caught with gun in backpack at NYC school, one day after pointing weapon at fellow student

The boy, a student at P.S. 158 -- The Warwick Community School on Ashford Street near Belmont Avenue in East New York -- was found to have an unloaded Taurus .380 firearm in his book bag during a search around 10:30 a.m., police said. 
The boy, a student at P.S. 158 -- The Warwick Community School on Ashford Street near Belmont Avenue in East New York -- was found to have an unloaded Taurus .380 firearm in his book bag during a search around 10:30 a.m., police said.

An 8-year-old boy was caught with a gun inside his backpack at a Brooklyn school Thursday — one a day after threatening another student with the same firearm, cops and law enforcement sources said.

The student at P.S. 158 — The Warwick Community School in East New York — had an unloaded Taurus .380 firearm in his book bag when he was searched at around 10:30 a.m., police said.

The boy had previously “menaced” another student with the weapon on Wednesday inside the school on Ashford Street near Belmont Avenue, sources said.

The unloaded weapon was found stashed inside an 8-year-old boy’s backpack late Thursday morning, cops said. WABC
The unloaded weapon was found stashed inside an 8-year-old boy’s backpack late Thursday morning, cops said. WABC
The boy had just pointed the gun at another student Wednesday, sources said. WABC
The boy had just pointed the gun at another student Wednesday, sources said. WABC

That boy who had been menaced informed his mother, who then walked into the school on Thursday to report what had happened. School officials then conducted the backpack search, according to the sources.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether anyone would face charges in connection to the weapon. The school does not have metal detectors in place, sources said.

Letters were being sent to students’ families informing them of the incident, according to the sources.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether anyone would be charged in connection to the weapon. Google Maps
It wasn’t immediately clear whether anyone would be charged in connection to the weapon. Google Maps

“Guns have absolutely no place in the hands of our young people, and this incident is a deeply concerning example of the consequences of the proliferation of guns in our society and in our city,” city Department of Education spokeswoman Jenna Lyle said in a statement.

“It’s extremely worrying when a child this young has access to such a dangerous weapon, and we are grateful for the partnership of our school communities in keeping our young people safe each day.

“All safety procedures were followed in response to this incident, and all students and staff are safe. We’re working closely with NYPD and ACS follow-up actions, and to ensure this young person receives the supports they need.”