Boston school police officers seized a loaded gun from a student’s backpack Thursday at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester after a struggle that left one officer with minor injuries.
Police Commissioner Williams Evans said in a statement Thursday he is proud of the officers’ actions to keep other students safe.
“There is never a good reason to bring a gun to school. Illegal guns have no place on our streets and certainly not in the hands of a child,” Evans said. “Thanks to the keen observations and quick actions of the school police officers and administrators, a potential tragedy was avoided and one less gun is on the streets.”
The student was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and resisting arrest.
The 15-year-old student’s backpack was initially searched by the school’s dean of discipline at the main entrance at 10:40 a.m., about three-and-a-half hours after school began.
Richard Weir, a spokesman for Boston Public Schools, said school administrators conduct routine searches of students each morning and use metal detectors at the school’s front entrance until 9:30 a.m.
While the student’s bag was open, an officer looked inside and found a .32 caliber Mauser Waffenfabrik handgun “in plain view,” according to a police report.
While other officers tried to arrest him he put up a fight. He flailed his arms and ran out of the school police office, the report said.
The officer who found the gun caught up with the student and brought him to the ground, according to the report. When the student continued to resist, two other officers put handcuffs on the student “after a brief and violent struggle,” the police report said.
During the struggle, an officer hit his head on a metal locker grate and scraped his face on the bending frame of his glasses.
The officers found one bullet in the chamber. The student told police he “forgot it was in his bag.”