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Student arrested after gun found in backpack at East Boston school

Boston police arrested a male juvenile in East Boston on Wednesday afternoon after a loaded gun was found in the student’s backpack at school, according to a statement from police.

Police say the Highpoint 9 mm handgun was located by school staff at the Excel Academy High School at 401 Bremen St. shortly after 3 p.m. during a routine search of students’ belongings. The administrative search was conducted in response to the sale of vape products on school grounds, the statement said. Once spotted, the firearm was secured and police were immediately notified.

The gun was loaded with two rounds of ammunition but no one was harmed, officials said. The student is expected to be arraigned in Chelsea District Court and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm on school property and unlawful possession of ammunition.


School officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

Ivy Scott can be reached at ivy.scott@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @itsivyscott.