BPD Commends Students at the Burke School in Roxbury for Standing Up to Gun Violence


At about 2:10 PM, Thursday, December 19, 2013, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to the area of 60 Washington Street (Jeremiah Burke School) in Roxbury to assist Boston School Police who had received information relative to a student who had brought a gun to school.

On arrival, officers were briefed by Boston School Police officers who stated several students approached school officials to voice concerns about a fellow student who had been telling kids that he was in possession of a firearm. Acting on this information, officers located and approached the student in question. Upon being confronted by officers, the suspect quickly became verbally abusive and physically combative. After a brief struggle, officers were able to subdue and gain control of the suspect. A search of the suspect’s backpack enabled officers to locate and take possession of the firearm. 

Said Commissioner William Evans, "I'm really proud of the kids at the Burke School  for taking the quick action they took and I want to commend them for standing up to gun violence. They did exactly what they were supposed to do in a situation like that and, thanks to them, an arrest was made and a gun recovered."

Officers arrested a 17 year old male of Dorchester and charged him with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer (Injuries), Resisting Arrest and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Special thanks to the Boston Police School Unit and the Boston Public School Police who both collaborated on this arrest.