CHELSEA, MASS. (WHDH) – A 16-year-old student is in custody after officials say he brought a gun to his Chelsea charter school hours before the graduation ceremony.
A Phoenix Charter School administrator noticed the loaded 9mm pistol on the student’s waist and was able to take it from him without incident, according to a post on the Chelsea Police Chief’s Twitter page.
“We were able to contain the incident, the staff handled it really well,” said school CEO Beth Anderson. “Chelsea Police have assured us to the best of their ability that they have no reason to believe there is no further risk of harm to this school or any other location in Chelsea.”
The student was taken into custody around 2:30 p.m., Chief Brian Kyes said. Now investigators are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to trace the weapon’s origins. Police say the gun is not registered in Massachusetts and has not been reported stolen.
School was able to continue normally and containment was not put in place. A sweep was carried out to ensure the safety of the students.
This follows a number of recent mass shootings that have left the nation on edge.
“In light of recent national events, the school has recently reviewed its security policies and procedures, ensuring that we have robust security measures in place to create a safe environment for our students,” according to a statement released by the officials of the Phoenix Charter School.
So far, it’s unclear why the student brought the gun to school in the first place.
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