The student who caused a Success Academy in Harlem to go into lockdown brought a stash of more than a dozen bullets to the high profile charter school, a police source said Wednesday.
New details about the frightening find that prompted Success Academy Harlem West on W. 114th St. to go into lockdown Tuesday revealed that the student found the bullets on the way to school. He then handed them off to two fellow students, a school spokesman said.
An automated call obtained by the Daily News from a school parent had Principal Khari Shabazz alerting parents to the alarming discovery that led to the suspension of three students.
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“All scholars are safe,” Shabazz said. “I'm calling to let you know about a safety issue. Earlier today, two bullets were found in two of our classrooms. We immediately issued a soft lockdown and called 911. During their investigation the police found additional bullets in a scholar's locker.”
The police source said the lockdown was enforced after a 12-year-old student found a .223 bullet in a room on the fifth floor of the school.
The .223 is considered reliable for long-range accuracy and has been used by military snipers.
The principal then learned that a 14-year-old student had a bullet, and that a third student — also 12 — had bullets in his bookbag.
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Police found 11 more .223 bullets inside a locker and yet another in the same fifth floor room.
The three students were questioned and charged as juveniles, the source said.
“These children engaged inappropriately with items one child found on the way to school, and they are facing severe consequences for it,” a school spokesman said.
It wasn’t immediately clear what charges the students face, though the Success spokesman said their records could be expunged when they turn 15 or 16.
“There was no reason to believe the scholars were ever in danger or that there was a weapon in the building or there was an intent to actually use a weapon at school,” Shabazz said in the recording.
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The principal urged parents to talk to their kids about the importance of alerting an authority figure to any signs of weapons in school.
“We also feel strongly scholars have an absolute obligation to come forward when they see or hear about a potential safety issue like this in our school community,” Shabazz said in the recording.
Earlier this month three guns were found at city public schools in just one week.
“I find it appalling that some parents are unable to micromanage their children. The growing trend of kids with access to guns is deplorable,” said the parent who provided the recording to The News.