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BETHLEHEM—This afternoon, on Friday, May 11, at 11:40 a.m., the Bethlehem Police Department was contacted by administrators at the Bethlehem Central High School in regards to a student who was found in possession of an electronic stun gun.
Police say they were contacted after school administrators observed a student in the parking lot of Bethlehem Central High School displaying the stun gun to other students.
Bethlehem Police arrested the student for one misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. The student was released on an appearance ticket and is due in Bethlehem Court on Tuesday, June 5. Police are withholding the identity of the student, as they qualify for youthful offender status pursuant to the Criminal Procedure Law of New York State.
As of this time there is no indication that the student threatened anyone with the device, or that it was brought into the building at any time. According to Commander Adam Hornick, the stun gun that was confiscated is a small rectangular box with an electric current that arches when activated. There were no probes that could be shot from the device, which must come into direct contact with the skin to be effective.
“The Bethlehem Police Department and the Bethlehem Central School District continue to work together to ensure the utmost level of safety and security for the students, and community,” said BPD in a statement, “as well as to ensure the highest and safest quality learning environment possible.”