Police: Student brings a loaded gun, heroin, and cocaine to a Worcester school


A young man was arrested Monday morning for allegedly bringing a gun loaded with a large amount of drugs to school.

Authorities responded to the Worcester Alternative School around 11:30 a.m. after school administrators found illegal drugs in a student’s backpack, according to Worcester police.

Arriving officers searched the teen’s backpack and allegedly found a loaded handgun, baggies containing what appeared to be heroin, bags of clear cocaine and bags of clear powder cocaine.

The prosecution charged a 17-year-old man with possession of firearms and possession of drugs.

Police said the families were notified of the incident by the school administration. In a letter to parents, Principal Anne O’Leary Ortiz said the safety of students and staff is always a top priority.

“Although we do not believe the student in question was planning to harm our students or staff, we do not tolerate weapons of any kind on school property,” she wrote. “This incident did not disrupt the school day and student and staff safety was maintained at all times. We are in close contact with the Worcester Police Department regarding this incident. We will remain in close contact with Worcester Police now and in the coming days to ensure the safety of everyone at our school. Additionally, Please know that our school counselors are available to speak with any student or employee who would like to talk about this incident.

There were no reports of injuries.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates when more information is available.

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