More than a dozen knives, two stun guns and several canisters of pepper spray were seized from students at a Brooklyn high school hours after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed, the New York Daily News has learned.
The weapons were recovered as students left Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood at dismissal time Tuesday, an NYPD source said.
NYPD school safety agents brought in a portable scanner to the school following the 9:20 a.m. attack where the victim was stabbed in the stomach in a hallway.
Medics rushed the teen to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was expected to recover.
The teen’s attacker, who is also 15, fled the school but surrendered to police a few hours later, cops said. He was not named because of his age.
Cops charged the suspect with attempted murder, assault and weapons possession. His arraignment was pending.
School officials briefly locked down the school following the attack.
Murrow High School does not have fixed metal detectors in the building. But by dismissal time, the NYPD had brought in a portable scanner and conducted a “reverse scan,” putting the students through the scanner as they exited the school, cops said.
Before dismissal ended, school safety agents had recovered two stun guns, 13 knives, a boxcutter, seven canisters of pepper spray, a bottle of pills and marijuana, NYPD officials said.
Greg Floyd, head of Teamsters Local 237, which represents school safety agents, said parents of children at Murrow High School have been asking for scanners for some time but the “school administration ignored that request.”
Putting students through the scanner as they leave school is rare but enlightening, Floyd said.
“When (the stabbing occurred) and the knife was found we knew there would be more weapons in the school so we did the reverse scanning,” Floyd said. “Murrow needs fixed scanners. You can’t scan one day and think the students won’t be bringing more weapons in.”
Floyd added that the school has five fewer school safety officers in the building than before the pandemic.
City schools have lost 2,000 school safety agents since the pandemic, Floyd said.
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