Superintendent Johnson releases statement on incident at Jeremiah E. Burke High School
BOSTON – A 16-year-old student was arrested this morning at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School after school administrators and school police officers discovered the student was in possession of a hand gun. The fire arm was not loaded, but the student was in possession of a small amount of ammunition. After discovering the weapon, school administrators followed appropriate procedures to ensure the safety of all students and staff in the school building. The school day will continue without interruption. All parents of students attending the school were notified of the incident this morning.
“These types of incidents are rare in our schools and that only makes today more frightening and disappointing,” said Superintendent Carol R. Johnson. “The Burke is a great high school, and we will work closely with the Boston Police and our own school police to ensure it remains a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students and staff. This type of conduct will not be tolerated.”
The Boston Public Schools, the birthplace of public education in the United States, serves nearly 57,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 128 schools.