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Staff blamed after student brings gun into Albany school

Staff blamed after student brings gun into Albany school

The Albany City School District will “aggressively pursue termination” of two staff members at the A

The Albany City School District will “aggressively pursue termination” of two staff members at the Abrookin Career and Technical Center who did not search a student after he set off a metal detector by bringing a gun into school.

Albany police have arrested the student, 17-year-old Stephen Kramer, who they say brought a .22-caliber handgun to the school at 99 Kent St. on Tuesday. Police only discovered the handgun when they went to arrest him at the school on an active bench warrant out of Albany City Criminal Court for failure to appear on a previous charge.

School administrators had called Kramer to the main office Tuesday. Police showed up at 5 p.m. and found with the weapon during the arrest, police say. He was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds.

After interviewing Kramer, police indicated he was carrying the weapon out of concern within the community, not with any intent related to the school, the district said in a news release posted on its website Wednesday.

A district review determined he entered the building through the main entrance and passed through a metal detector. The detector went off, but two staff members on duty broke protocol and allowed him to enter the school without first searching him, the district says.

“Both employees were put on leave immediately and the district will aggressively pursue termination for both,” said Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard in the release.

The district has begun an “immediate review” of all its safety measures. Additional staff training will be implemented.

“We had good protocols in place, but clearly the staff made extremely poor decisions,” she said.

Kramer was arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court and remanded to the Albany County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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