Two teenage boys face criminal charges after bringing an inoperable BB gun to a high school in Northern Westchester, police announced.
The two boys, ages 13 and 14, were arrested on Monday, Nov. 13, and Tuesday, Nov. 14 following an investigation conducted by Yorktown Police, the department announced on Friday, Nov. 17.
According to the department, the events leading up to the arrests began on Wednesday, Oct. 18 around 10 a.m., when a BB gun was found in Yorktown High School. This prompted a police response and investigation that resulted in the two teens being identified as suspects.
After police contacted the teens, they both voluntarily turned themselves in with a parent present. They were both charged with juvenile delinquency with an underlying charge of unlawful weapon possession by a person under 16, the department said.
According to Yorktown Central School District Superintendent Ron Hattar, the BB gun found in the school had been lacking components which rendered it unable to fire any projectile.
"It remains true that students and staff members were never in harm’s way at any point as a result of this occurrence. However, the concern that resulted is understandable and warranted, and we are addressing this matter to the greatest extent possible," Hattar said in a communication to Yorktown families on Friday.
The two teens, whose names were not released because of their age, were later released to their parents and will appear in the Westchester Department of Probation on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and Wednesday, Nov. 22.
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