Fake gun sparks large NYPD response at Tottenville HS on Staten Island

Fake gun sparks large NYPD response at Tottenville HS on Staten Island

A guy with a fake gun reportedly prompted a sizable NYPD response outside Tottenville High School on Wednesday morning.

According to preliminary information given to a spokeswoman for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, at 10:19 a.m., officers got an unconfirmed 911 call about a potential student carrying a gun at the high school at 100 Luten Ave.

Police detained one person and temporarily put the school on lockdown, according to the police spokeswoman.

The item, according to a law enforcement source, was a “imitation” gun.

According to the police spokeswoman, no injuries were recorded as a result of this event, and the school has subsequently been let out of lockdown.

Several parents rushed to the facility after hearing word of the police response.

“My daughter texted me that she loved me as a sort of last text message because she was scared, so I came straight here,” said the mother of a ninth-grade student. “I get so nervous that sometimes I think about pulling them out of school and homeschooling them at this point.”

Said the parent of a senior:

“My kid is calm in the gym during his senior carnival, but if this was my oldest child, she would’ve been panicking.”

“I was a little nervous but pretty confident because before when something more serious happened, they locked down the school pretty quickly,” a student told Advance/SILive.com. “They also had a description of the kid quickly.”

More information will be posted when it becomes available.


The incident Wednesday at a school in Staten Island was the second to draw a police response. Early in the morning, St. George police responded to an unrelated call at Curtis High School.

A spokesman for the NYPD said that officers were looking for a person wanted for questioning in relation to a crime that had been previously reported outside the school at 105 Hamilton Ave.

The investigation involved an incident where students were menaced by a man with a machete last week, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

According to the source, Curtis started its shelter-in procedure for employees and kids out of an abundance of caution. The shelter-in was swiftly addressed by the NYPD, and it has now been ended.


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *