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Buffalo Public Schools to continue expanded safety measures through summer

Buffalo Police stand guard as a search was conducted for weapons at Buffalo's Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School July 22.
Tom Dinki
Buffalo Police stand guard as a search was conducted for weapons at Buffalo's Science Magnet School Thursday

Buffalo Public Schools are continuing expanded safety protocols, including the wanding of all students, after another gun was found in a student's backpack.

Last Thursday, the city's Science Magnet School was in lockdown for several hours after a report of a student with a gun. After a building-wide search, police found a BB gun stashed behind a filing cabinet and said it looked like an exact replica of a glock handgun.

In a statement Tuesday, school officials said another gun was also found, this time in a student's backpack.

"Authorities determined that the gun was inoperable and, therefore, unpunishable by state law," said the statement from schools spokesperson Elena Cala.

Even though this gun was "inoperable, with no ammunition," it said additional safety measures will continue throughout the rest of the summer.

"We are also reminded of the insidious consequences that come from the rampant, widespread, and unnecessary proliferation of guns throughout our community and nation," the statement continued. "The Buffalo Public Schools expects all levels of government and civic leadership, in a shared responsibility, to act decisively on behalf of children and school staff to end this scourge in the City of Buffalo and entire Western New York community."