SHORTSVILLE, N.Y. (WROC) — The 15-year-old student accused of bringing a gun to Red Jacket High School on April 1 was in court Tuesday, where he was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the second degree occurring on school grounds.

He pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to return to court on Friday.

First responders were called to the school on route 21 in Manchester around 10:19 a.m. April 1 for the report of a student with a semi-automatic pistol. The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office later said school staff was able to calm, disarm, and detain the student before police got to the scene.

The Manchester-Shortsville Central School District announced changes to its security policies in a letter sent to parents. Those changes include:

  • More security cameras
  • Implementing the Raptor system (to prevent access by known sex offenders placed on the sex offender list)
  • Installing thumb-turn locks to all our classrooms and office doors, providing controlled remote access with cameras at school entrances
  • Replacing exterior doors with swipe card access
  • Creating secured entrances and placing safety film on windows.
  • Installing a new PA system that has enhanced safety features for use in emergency situations. The wiring for the system is in the process of being installed.

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