Boston police arrested a 16-year-old boy at Jeremiah E. Burke High School for possession of an unloaded handgun and ammunition this morning, said Boston police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca.
The teenager was arrested shortly before 9 a.m. at the Dorchester school, located at 60 Washington St., police said.
The weapon was found during an administrative search by school authorities, Fiandaca said.
“After discovering the weapon, school administrators followed appropriate procedures to ensure the safety of all students and staff in the school building,” Matthew Wilder, spokesman for Boston Public Schools, said in a statement.
All parents of the nearly 700 students at the school were notified of the incident this morning and the school day will continue with its usual schedule, Wilder said.
“These types of incidents are rare in our schools and that only makes today more frightening and disappointing,” Superintendent Carol R. Johnson said in a statement. “The Burke is a great high school, and we will work closely with the Boston Police and our own school police to ensure it remains a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students and staff. This type of conduct will not be tolerated.”
It was the first time a student had been arrested for bringing a gun to a Boston school this year, Wilder said.
There were two gun-related arrests at Boston public schools last year, one at the West Roxbury Education Complex and the other at Madison Park High School, he said.Melissa Werthmann can be reached at email@example.com.