Teen gets probation for bringing gun into Bennett school

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A teenager has been sentenced to five years of probation after the Erie County District Attorney’s office says he brought a loaded gun to a Buffalo school.

In December 2021, police responded to the Bennett school campus on Main Street after hearing a report about a gun inside the building.

While police investigated, the school went into a shelter-in-place procedure. Eventually, a loaded handgun was found inside a backpack.

The person who was arrested was 15 and living in Buffalo at the time. He pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon the following October.

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“While I am thankful that no one was injured during this incident, this teenager committed one of the most concerning and serious offenses – bringing a loaded handgun into school,” Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said.

A final order of protection was issued on behalf of three witnesses. The teen, who’s now 16 and living in Rochester, was sentenced as a youthful offender.

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