A 16-year-old student at Bundy School for Special Education in Northwest Washington was charged by police Monday with carrying a pistol without a license after a schoolmate apparently saw him drop the gun from his pocket and reported the incident to a teacher.
It was the fourth time in the last two weeks that a District of Columbia student has been involved in an incident in which deadly weapons were being wielded by students in or around a city public school.
On Sept. 10, a 16-year-old Spingarn High School student was fatally shot in the school auditorium. One day later, a 17-year-old student near Woodson Senior High School was stabbed, and last Friday, a suspended student at McKinley Senior High School was stabbed by a student in the school's first-floor corridor.
The Bundy school incident came just two days after D.C. police and school officials said that the recent wave of violence should not be taken as an indicator that crime is reaching epidemic proportions in the public school system.
"I'm very disturbed about the incidents that have happened since Sept. 4," when school open, School Superintendent Vincent E. Reed said in an interview last weekend. ". . . I find it hard to magnify it into something alarming. While it is distressing, I don't find it an epidemic."
According to police reports obtained by The Washington Post, a police officer was summoned to the Bundy school at 1:30 p.m., shortly after a teacher at the school had confiscated a loaded, .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol from the 16-year-old student enrolled at the school.
School officials declined to say if the student had been suspended as a result of the incident. The gun, when dropped, did not discharge and no one was injured.
Bundy, at 429 O St. NW, is an ungraded school for students 8 to 21 years of age who have been deemed emotionally disturbed or who have problems coping with the social environment of other schools. Some, according to one school administrator, have been incarcerated or have had problems with the police.