Boston high school student charged with gun possession

Boston school police arrested a 16-year-old boy Monday morning at Jeremiah E. Burke High School on charges of possession of an unloaded handgun and ammunition, said Boston police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca.

The teenager was arrested shortly before 9 a.m. at the school, located at 60 Washington St., Dorchester, police said.

The weapon was found during a search by school authorities, Fiandaca said. The student was searched after a report of a stolen cellphone, and the gun was found in the teen’s schoolbag, according to a police report.


“After discovering the weapon, school administrators followed appropriate procedures to ensure the safety of all students and staff in the school building,” Matthew Wilder, a spokesman for the Boston public schools, said in a statement.

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Two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation said the seized weapon was a Ruger P90DC handgun.

All parents of the nearly 700 students at the school were notified of the incident Monday morning and the school day continued with its usual schedule, Wilder said.

“These types of incidents are rare in our schools, and that only makes today more frightening and disappointing,” Superintendent Carol R. Johnson said in a statement. “The Burke is a great high school, and we will work closely with the Boston police and our own school police to ensure it remains a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students and staff. This type of conduct will not be tolerated.”

The student was arraigned Monday as a juvenile delinquent in unlawful possession of a firearm and in unlawful possession of ammunition, said Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.


Prosecutors issued a complaint for a third count alleging unlawful possession of a firearm with a ­defaced serial number, but the judge did not arraign the juvenile on that offense and put the matter over to a later date, Wark said in a statement.

Prosecutors recommended that the juvenile be held on $50,000 cash bail and that he be ordered to remain at home if released and to wear a GPS tracking device, Wark said.

The judge imposed $1,000 bail and the prosecutor’s recommended conditions of release, he said.

The student is scheduled to return to court Dec. 17, Wark said.

It was the first time this year that a student had been arrested for bringing a gun to a Boston school, Wilder said.

Maria Cramer contributed to this report. Melissa Werthmann can be reached at