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Eighth grade boy arrested after gun found in backpack at South Boston charter school

A boy in the eighth grade was arrested after a loaded gun was found in his backpack at a charter school in South Boston Tuesday afternoon, according to police and school officials.

Officers responded to UP Academy at 215 Dorchester St. at 2:07 p.m., said Officer Michael Torigian, a Boston police spokesman.

The boy, 14, is due to be arraigned in Boston Juvenile Court on charges of illegal gun and ammunition charges and possession of a firearm on school grounds, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

Officers assigned to the School Police Unit and District C-6 in South Boston responded to a report of a gun found at the school, police said in a statement.

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When the officers arrived, a staff member told them that a student might have a weapon, the statement said.

“School staff took the student out of class, and recovered a firearm from his backpack,” the statement said.

The gun was fully loaded, police said.

Hillary Casson, CEO of Up Education Network, which runs the school, said in a statement that “Staff discovered the firearm and confiscated it immediately.”

“Boston Public School Safety and Boston Police Department were contacted immediately in accordance with safety protocols,” Casson said. “There were no physical injuries as a result of the incident.”

She said that the school will conduct a full investigation of the incident and that “proper discipline action will be taken as a result.”

“Safety of our school community is our number one priority and we will work with our students, staff and families to ensure the preservation of that environment,” Casson said.

No injuries were reported, Torigian said.


Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com.