Keeping Boston Safe: Remorseful Juvenile Expresses Regret after Bringing Replica Firearm to School

At about 7:50 AM on Friday, December 18, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) and the BPD School Police Unit responded to a radio call for a person with a gun at a school in the area of 131 Hancock Street.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the school’s staff who reported that several students had informed them that they had observed one of their classmates in possession of a firearm in one of the school bathrooms. Officers recovered what appeared to be a black handgun from the toilet tank in the bathroom. Further investigation revealed that the handgun was, in fact, a .177 caliber paintball gun, but it did not have the federally required orange tip identifying it as such. After obtaining statements from witnesses regarding the incident, officers took into custody the juvenile male who, in the presence of his parent, made statements indicating that he had brought the gun to school.

Officers arrested the male and charged him with Delinquent to wit; Possession of a Firearm on School Grounds, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm), and Intimidation of a Witness.

Said Police Commissioner William Evans, “Officers hate to arrest any juvenile, but hopefully he and his family can use this as a learning experience. I know that this particular kid has already expressed remorse for his actions, and my officers are willing to work with him to provide the resources that he may need.”