Charlestown teenager held without bail after bringing gun to school


A 17-year-old and a 13-year-old allegedly brought firearms to Charlestown High, prompting the reinstallation of metal detectors.

A 17-year-old student was arrested Friday and held without bail after allegedly bringing a gun to Charlestown High.

Another student, aged 13, is also accused of bringing a gun to school. Both weapons were found at the school on Thursday, WHDH reported, causing a lockdown as police swept through the building.

According to a WCVB report, the weapon recovered from the 13-year-old student was a 9mm Glock. Both students are facing juvenile charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. The youngest student was held on $2,500 bail and ordered to home isolation and stay away from witnesses as well as school.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu described the incident as “unfathomable”, telling the outlet: “We can’t have our young people make decisions like this that are dangerous for themselves, dangerous for the community”.

On Friday, the school reinstalled metal detectors that had previously been removed from the school for crowd control.

Junior Brandon Myers told WCVB that he felt metal detectors should have stayed at the school from the start. Another student, senior Anyara Urbaez, told the outlet, “They took the metal detectors out and we didn’t expect that to happen, so it’s kind of surprising and scary.”

A dangerousness hearing is scheduled for the 17-year-old student on June 1.


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