ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two Rochester teens were arrested after bringing a gun into the Dr. Alice Holloway Young School of Excellence Tuesday morning, Rochester Police Department said.

Officers said arrived at the school and found that security safely recovered a loaded revolver from a 13-year-old boy.

After an investigation, police said that another 13-year-old student was involved in bringing the revolver into the building.

Lieutenant Greg Bello with RPD did say in no way was this gun used to threaten anyone or was it taken out.

Right away one might ask — how did they get a loaded revolver through metal detectors? RPD did not want to comment, with Bello adding he doesn’t want to give anyone bright ideas on how to get a gun into the classroom.

It is not clear if this was brought in to settle some kind of grudge or for protection from someone. But to be clear, Bello said bringing a gun to school is absolutely not the answer. He said there is a lot for parents to learn from this incident.


“Parents should be evaluating their kids’ social media. And again, I don’t want to be harping on the parents associated with this case because I don’t know the circumstances behind it. But, just in general conversation, we should be watching our kids’ social media, we should be watching what our kids are involved in, checking their phones, and checking their backpacks at times. And there are a million resources out there: Pathways to Peace, Snug, Save Rochester…. A lot of non-police related organizations that help prevent and mediate disputes going on between the children,” said Bello.

The two teens were referred to Monroe County Family Court for charges of criminal possession of a weapon.

The Rochester City School District put out a statement regarding the incident:

Yesterday, some students at Dr. Alice Holloway Young School of Excellence circumvented security screening and were able to bring a loaded gun into the building.  Upon learning this, the weapon was immediately retrieved and turned over to the Rochester Police Department. 

The weapon was not used to threaten anyone in the school.  Appropriate disciplinary action is being taken.  Student safety is a top priority.  This is a very serious situation, and the District’s Safety and Security team was deployed to the school.  We are working with the RPD to determine how this occurred and are reinforcing with our students the message that if they see or hear something, they should say something to a trusted adult.