12-Year-Old Harlem Student Busted With Gun In School

A 12-year-old Harlem public school student was found with an imitation pistol in his backpack, police said Thursday.

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The gun was discovered about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday after an assistant principal noticed the boy had brought his backpack into the lunchroom at John Finley Campus School on W. 130th St. about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday.

When the school official didn’t get a straight answer from the boy on why he was carrying the bag around, he checked the bag and found the fake gun.

The child said he found the gun in a school bathroom.

Cops filed a juvenile report and held the child until his parents picked him up, a police source said. No charges were filed.

Department of Education spokeswoman Miranda Barbot said the school would take appropriate disciplinary action over the incident.

Weapons seizures have skyrocketed by 48% in city schools over the past few months, cops said.

From July 1 through Sept. 30, 2017, police recovered 328 weapons at public schools. Last year, 222 weapons were seized during the same time period, according to police.

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