The New Jersey 9-year-old caught trying to sneak a gun into school told cops he brought the weapon into the building on a regular basis, School Superintendent Laura Winters said Wednesday.
“It’s something the students claimed when they were questioned,” she told The Post, about the gun-toting boy and his 10-year-old friend.
On Tuesday, the fourth-grader at Oak Street School in Lakewood was nabbed with a loaded .22 caliber handgun in his backpack, as he walked into school.
A child had reported him to a school security officer for waving the handgun around and threatening another kid on the school bus.
Surveillance video obtained by CBS New York shows the boy on the bus removing what looks like a gun from his backpack and loading the magazine, with help from his 10-year-old friend.
Both boys have been charged with possession of a weapon, unlawful purpose and possession of a weapon on school grounds, cops told the outlet.
Winters said the school didn’t have any reports of the gun-toting child previously bringing the weapon into school.
But the incident is prompting the district to add metal detectors to the elementary school, Winters said.
“It has shocked the community,” she said of the event. “Our parents are very upset. No one wants to hear that.”
It is still unclear how the boy obtained the weapon and the incident is being investigated.
Credit: NY Post