NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - A 15-year-old boy who seemed "agitated" in school Wednesday was caught with a loaded handgun, a source told Fox 5 News.
School administrators and a teacher at Middle School 171 in Brooklyn called in school safety agents to speak to the boy, who became more upset with the agents and an official, the source said.
When the agents tried to calm the boy down, they say a gun sticking out of his pocket. The agents confiscated the .380-caliber Ruger handgun.
Police arrested and charged him with criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.
"Nothing is more important than the safety of students and staff. The NYPD swiftly responded to this serious incident and safely recovered the weapon," Department of Education spokesperson Toya Holness said in a statement. "We are working closely with the school to provide additional guidance support and will ensure appropriate follow-up action is taken."
On Monday, police arrested two teens accused of bringing loaded handguns to their Staten Island school.
Despite these and other alarming incidents, crime in schools is at historically low levels, city statistics show.