Busted For Bringing Air Pistol To MS 114
An eighth-grade boy, whose name is being withheld by police because of his age, was arrested on Wednesday morning after what is being described as a pellet gun or air pistol was found in his book bag by school security agents.
According to local sources, school security agents were tipped off to the air gun by some students who saw the gun in the student’s bag.
They confronted the eighth-grader and then called police from the 100 Precinct.
Margie Feinberg, a longtime spokesperson for the Department of Education, corroborated the fact that a youngster had been arrested for bringing “an air pistol” to school.
“All I can say is that there was an arrest at that school because a student brought an air pistol to school,” Feinberg told The Wave. “I am not sure whether the child’s parents were called by the school, or by the police, or when he was arrested – in school, or at the precinct.”
Feinberg added that a “decision on what disciplinary measures would be taken against the student is pending.”
School officials declined to comment, referring questions to the Department of Education or the NYPD.
Parents were also reticent to speak on the record.
“This is not the kind of school where you would expect this to happen,” one mother, who asked not to be identified, said. “We moved to Belle Harbor because this school has such a good reputation and there is so little violence here, and now this happens.”
She added that she questions the wisdom of mixing middle school students with elementary school students.
“Before this school had a middle school, there were no problems here,” she said. “Whatever is going on seems to be coming from the older kids.”
A father, who also asked not to be identified, agreed.
“It was a mistake to keep the older kids here,” he said. “The really bright kids seem to all go to the Scholars’ Academy, and the troublemakers stay here.”
Officials from the 100 Precinct admitted that an arrest did take place, but declined to identify the youngster because of his age.