A 14-year-old boy was busted Thursday for allegedly bringing a loaded pistol to a Brooklyn high school — the ninth gun seizure at a city school so far this year, The Post has learned.
The teen allegedly tried to get the gun — a .38 pistol stuffed inside his backpack — through the metal detector at Automotive High School when school safety agents spotted it around 8:40 a.m., according to law enforcement sources.
He was arrested at the scene.
The troubling discovery comes two days after a 9mm Glock 48 was recovered following a shootout outside Midwood High School in Brooklyn.
In that case, two teens are believed to have brought weapons to the school, which doesn’t have metal detectors, before going outside to settle a beef, sources said. One of them, a 16-year-old reputed gang member, was arrested. The other kid, a 17-year-old boy, was still in the wind.
Thursday’s seizure is the ninth so far this school year. Over the same period in 2019-2020 — the last pre-COVID school year — only one gun was recovered at a school.
Overall weapons seizures at schools are up by 28 percent so far this year, compared to the same stretch in 2019-2020.
Confiscations of weapons categorized as “other” by the NYPD — which exclude knives, guns and tasers but include items like pepper spray and brass knuckles — in school buildings are also up by 350 percent this year.
The spike in school gun recoveries has led the NYPD to deploy Neighborhood Coordination Officers and Youth Coordination Officers to monitor roughly 40 schools.