Student Tries to Bring Gun to School

By Vince Lattanzio and Dan Stamm
|  Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013  |  Updated 9:43 AM EDT
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Student Tries to Bring Gun to School

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A Northeast Philadelphia high school student is in trouble with police after he tried to bring a handgun into school this morning.

Philadelphia Police were called to Samuel Fels High School around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after getting a report of a student with a gun.

Philadelphia School District spokesman Fernando Gallard says the student had a handgun in his backpack.

Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman, says the teenager walked through a scanner at the front of the school and it showed a gun in his backpack.

Russell says security tried to stop the 19-year-old, but he fled and was arrested a short distance away.

The boy wasn't immediately identified.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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Samuel Fels High School is located at at 5500 Langdon Street in the Summerdale section of Northeast Philadelphia. The ninth-12th grade school houses just less than 1,400 students.

Police say another student is also being held in a separate incident. In that case, police say an unnamed male student tried to bring a knife into Fairhill Community High School in North Philadelphia shortly before 8 .m. Wednesday. He was caught on the second floor of the building near the dean's office, police said.

 


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