Police confiscate gun at Dorchester school; student arrested

BOSTON (WHDH) - A student was arrested at Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester Thursday after police said the student brought a gun to school.

Police said they found a 7.65-caliber Deutshche Werk handgun. It had a single round of ammunition and was allegedly found in the student’s backpack after he went through a metal detector. School officials said a staff member noticed the gun and notified the Boston Police officer assigned to the school.

Police said the 17-year-old male student was arrested at the school at 60 Washington St. Thursday morning.

“It’s under investigation right now but clearly we have too many guns on the streets. Our young people can access guns,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in Dorchester Juvenile Court on weapons charges.

State from Jeremiah E. Burke High School:

“I would like to thank staff and police for following all of the appropriate steps to ensure that one in our school were placed in danger today. The Burke is a safe and welcoming environment for all students and staff; and violence of any kind is tolerated.”

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