Cops took a 16-year-old Queens high school tyro into control Tuesday after reserve officers found an antique gun in his backpack.
But the teen, a tyro at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, told police that he never meant to use the unloaded and inoperable pistol, which was partial of an art project, police sources said.
School reserve agents at the Himrod St. school brought the teen to the principal’s bureau about 8 a.m. after the school steel detector suggested the gun in his backpack.
The teen claimed that the pistol was the theme of a photography category assignment and that he never dictated to use it to harm anyone.
School officials called the NYPD, which took the child into control until his relatives could be interviewed at the 104th Precinct.
No charges are approaching to be filed.
The find comes as weapons seizures have skyrocketed in city schools, officials said.
From Jul 1 by Sept. 30, police recovered 328 weapons at open schools. Last year, it was 222 for the same time period.
That’s an boost of 48%, police said.
Last month, Bronx high school comparison Abel Cedeno smuggled a knife into category and fatally stabbed classmate Matthew McCree and bleeding another at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in West Farms, according to authorities.
The Sept. 27 bloodshed, at a school that did not have steel detectors, played out in front of a packaged classroom of shocked students.
Cedeno has been charged with murder and attempted murder.
A school employee found a second knife in the same classroom hours after the deadly stabbing.
In a jailhouse interview, Cedeno pronounced he was being constantly worried for being bisexual and “just snapped” when he lunged at McCree and Ariane LaBoy, both 16, who had not worried him before that day.
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