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Ten students trying to bring knives into Chelsea school suspended


Ten students were suspended after a spot screening revealed they were trying to bring knives into their Chelsea school, police sources said Thursday.


The screening happened Wednesday at the Bayard Rustin Educational Complex, six high schools located on W. 18th St. in Manhattan.


The Department of Education said metal detectors were brought in for the day to conduct a spot screening that’s part of its efforts to keep weapons out of schools.


“Weapons of any kind are not permitted in our schools and these items were swiftly and safely recovered,” said DOE spokeswoman Miranda Barbot. “The safety of students always comes first and we’ll continue to work closely with the NYPD to ensure students are provided with a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment in all school buildings.”

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But one 16-year-old junior said the increased police presence at the school actually worked in reverse.


“They were yelling at us, trying to make us do the right thing,” she said. “But they were giving us attitude, so we kinda felt unsafe with them.”


Her friend, also 16, said the check went beyond a typical screening.


“They were checking drinks and everything,” she said, “like opening coffee cups.”

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In an unrelated incident, also Wednesday, two students were busted for having an air gun inside another Chelsea school, the High School of Fashion Industries, on W. 24th St.


A student showed an assistant principal Snapchat video of two 15-year-olds in a school bathroom, one waving a black gun, sources said.


The two kids on the video said the gun belonged to another student, also 15, sources said. The same black gun, a Sig Sauer air pistol, was found in his backpack.


He and the student waving the gun on the video were taken into custody, but later released to their parents’ after police filed juvenile reports.

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