DORCHESTER (WBZ) ― A gun was found in an employee's backpack at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester Wednesday morning.
According to police, the backpack containing the gun was found inside a classroom at the school along with 12 rounds of high capacity am. Classes are not in session and do not begin until Thursday. No one was hurt.
The employee, James Jackson, 38, was arrested.
According to police, Jackson is a teacher's aide at the school, and his wife is a secretery. He is a father of five children and has been working at the middle school for five years. Boston Mayor Tom Menino said Jackson worked with special needs children at the school.
Police officials said someone in the school spotted the backpack in a classroom and checked inside it to see who it belonged to. According to police, that's when the unidentified person found the .380 handgun in the bag along with an issue of Sports Illustrated with Jackson's name on it.
Police said Jackson has given officers conflicting stories about where he got the gun. Jackson initially told police the gun belonged to his brother but then changed his story and said he confiscated it from one of the school's students.
Jackson faces three charges, including possession of a firearm, possession of amunition and possession of a large capacity feeding device. He is being held on $20,000 cash bail.
Menino, who has grandchildren in the Boston Public School system, said he hopes Jackson will be dismissed and was angry when he heard about the gun.
Menino said the incident brings up the question he has been asking all along - Where do these people get the guns?
All teachers reported back for the new year on Tuesday. A parent orientation at the school was scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday.