TUCKAHOE, N.Y. The Eastchester and Tuckahoe Police Departments have joined forces to patrol the areas around Tuckahoe schools after two teenagers were charged with weapons possession.
"We are making every effort to ensure a safe environment around all of the Tuckahoe Schools, especially during the ongoing investigation," said Eastchester Police Lt. Jeff Hunter on Tuesday.
Police said a 13-year-old was found with a knife with a two inch long blade on Feb. 29. That student was arrested and charged with fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor. Because of his age, the matter was referred to family court. According to police, the student was released into his parents custody. Police are not releasing his name due to his age.
A 15-year-old high school student, who allegedly sold the middle schooler the knife for $10, was also charged as a juvenile, police said, and referred to family court. The older student was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a person under the age of 16. He too was subsequently released to his parents, police said.
Hunter said officials from the school, technically located within the Eastchester side of the Tuckahoe/Eastchester border, said the 13-year-old student from the middle school was spotted by a teacher making a cash transaction with a 15-year-old high school student.
"The teacher found the whole thing suspicious and brought it to the attention of Principal Carl Albano," Hunter said.
When school officials tried to discuss the matter with him, the younger student tried to run out of the principal's office to a classroom at the top of the stairs, but was stopped by Albano, police said.
The 13-year-old later told school officials and police that it was his intention to harm one of the students in his class who months earlier had taken $80 in cash and promised to sell him a gun and some marijuana.
Police confirmed published reports that the student said he still had the cash. Although that student, also 13, was not charged by police, he and the other two have been suspended from school.
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