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16 year old arrested for bringing a gun to school; truancy sweep scheduled for day of Halloween

Schools Unite Network (SUN) Alert

On October 28th during school hours, one of the deans brought 3 students into his office to speak with them at a school near St. Nicholas Avenue and 136th Street in Manhattan. When one of the boys sat down in the dean’s office an 8 mm gun fell out of his pocket. The boy grabbed the gun, ran out of the school and tossed the gun in a nearby construction site.

The 32nd Precinct’s Field Intelligence Officer responded with the NYPD’s Public Service Area 5 officers, recovered an unloaded 8 mm gun and arrested the 16 year old boy for criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm on school grounds.

What to do if you find a gun

Police will pay $100 for a handgun, sawed off shotgun or assault weapon.

For information:

·      Call your local precinct, tell them you have a firearm and want to turn it in and they will guide you through the procedure.

·      Do NOT just walk into the precinct with a gun. You will likely be arrested.

The NYPD is conducting a citywide truancy sweep through Friday, October 31st to help keep kids safe, in school and out of trouble around Halloween. 


  • Report online (or by voice/text to 347 560-9110) through SUN when you are unable or unwilling to report youth-related non-emergencies, or want to report incidents anonymously to the police, including RUMORS, SUSPICIOUS or CRIMINAL ACTIVITY on the streets, in transit and in your parks

Reports are transmitted by SUN to appropriate decision makers in the NYPD for their attention. For emergencies call 911 immediately.

What is SUN?

SUN is an important safety initiative for children, activated in cooperation with the NYPD to help keep youths on track, prevent delinquency and reduce crime concerning youths, including drug dealing, gang activity, pedophilia, and substance abuse.  SUN began on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the spring of 2006 and now has thousands of individuals from over 100 schools receiving SUN Alerts in Manhattan alone.

How does SUN work?

SUN transmits Incident Reports from parents, schools and community members to appropriate decision makers at the NYPD, when necessary, for their attention. SUN is especially effective in dispelling rumors circulating on the street and Internet, reducing fear and panic when a situation arises, and mobilizing the community when necessary, since SUN, established as a reliable source, rapidly disseminates recommended courses of action from the NYPD to our parent subscribers and member schools by issuing SUN Alerts.

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