JCPS Statement on Student Shot at PS #15

Jersey City Public Schools’ Statement on Student Shot at PS #15

A student at Whitney M. Young, Jr. School #15 was shot in the leg yesterday after he left school. He returned to the school and school staff called 911. His injuries were not life-threatening. The police investigation has revealed that the student accidentally shot himself with what appears to be someone else’s gun. The district will continue to work with police to understand this incident and to help ensure that such incidents do not happen again.

While the incident did not happen on school property and we do not know if the gun was brought into the school or not, the district is taking a number of steps to ensure that students and staff are safe and feel safe. Hand wanding for possible weapons was instituted immediately and full-body, walk-through metal detectors are being installed today. In addition, security will be stepped up at the school, and the Jersey City Police Department will increase patrols of the area particularly at dismissal. This morning, the Director of Security and the President of the JCEA met with staff at PS 15 and the Superintendent also met with administrators and police at the school today. Providing safe and secure learning environments for all students is central to our mission.

“Yesterday’s event was as disturbing as it was unacceptable. We know these are troubling times and the Jersey City Public School District will do everything it can to make PS 15 safe and secure, a haven for the community,” Dr. Marcia V. Lyles, Superintendent stated in a message sent to parents.

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