After-school teacher arrested for bringing gun in Buffalo school

Feb. 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- An after-school program teacher was charged with bringing a loaded handgun into a Buffalo, N.Y., school Thursday, authorities said.

While Dwayne Ferguson of Buffalo was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, authorities said they didn't believe he had any ill intent, WIVB-TV, Buffalo, reported.

The 4:15 p.m. EST incident prompted a lockdown that drew a heavy police response to Harvey Austin Elementary School, a public school serving students from kindergarten to eighth grade on Buffalo's East Side, the Tonawanda News reported. There were about 60 children in the building at the time, WIVB-TV said.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said a caller to the emergency dispatch center reported seeing a man with a gun inside or on the campus.

An initial search by law enforcement officers failed to turn up a weapon but the teacher allegedly was found with the gun during a second round of searching, the newspaper said.

City police department spokesman George DeGeorge said while Ferguson has a permit for the gun, it is a felony for non-law enforcement personnel to carry firearms on school grounds in New York state.

Authorities said Ferguson is not a Buffalo school system employee but is a regular participant in after-school programming at the school.

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