‘Scary’: Parents worried, police investigating after young student brings BB gun to Boston school

BOSTON — Boston police have launched an investigation after a “kindergarten-age” child brought a BB gun to school on Thursday morning.

Officers responding to a report of a person with a gun at the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School at 77 Lawrence Avenue in Dorchester shortly before 9 a.m. recovered a firearm, according to the Boston Police Department.

According to a Boston police report, the gun was found in a backpack and the responding officer described it as a silver revolver that appeared to be loaded with six rounds.

Boston 25 has learned the firearm in question turned out to be a BB gun that was brought into the building by a young student.

A concerned parent told Boston 25 that the student brought the BB gun into her son’s classroom.

“To come up here and find out that it was my son’s classroom that the gun was in, it’s really scary,” Alexis Brown said. “I’m glad that the gun was taken out safely and nobody was injured.”

Boston Public Schools said that the gun was never discharged.

“The King School, alongside the entire Boston Public Schools, is committed to fostering learning environments where all students feel safe, respected, and academically challenged,” a BPS spokesperson said in a statement.

There have been no reported injuries or arrests.

“It’s just so terrifying even if it is not the same level of danger or risk but having the appearance is very upsetting to everyone for good reason,” said Mayor Michelle Wu.

The police report says about six students were in the area when the pellet gun was found so it did not impact the entire school. It’s unclear where the pellet gun came from but the student’s family was contacted right away.

The King School serves over 550 students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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