JERSEY CITY – Last week an AK-47, 7.62 assault rifle was found in a dumpster across the street from Ferris High School in Jersey City. The district did not notify students or parents even though it was found within close proximity of the school simply because it had “nothing to do with Ferris High School,” said Maryann Dickar, Jersey City schools spokesperson.
“The weapon that was recovered was found to be inoperable. The barrel of the gun was plugged with cement, rendering it incapable of being fired,” stated Carly Baldwin, Jersey City spokesperson.
On February 11, 2015 at around 9:00 a.m., a security guard found the rifle in a dumpster in front of 82 Brunswick St. and contacted the police. Officers observed a long barrel rifle with a wooden handle wrapped in a Dallas Cowboys football jersey, according to officials. After investigating, police also found a banana style storage magazine partially wrapped in the football jersey laying next to the rifle.
Residents are wondering why the town and district have been so quiet. Students from the high school told NJ.com that they were upset the school didn’t notify them. They also stated that they felt less secure at the school. One of students said, “It’s dangerous that the school didn’t tell us.” Another student added, “Instead of just applying rules and doing certain things the school should talk to the students and see what’s best for us and what makes us feel safe.”
Police are currently investigating the origin of the gun. The football jersey and rifle swabs were submitted for DNA testing, officials said.
“Nothing at this school surprises me,” said one student, “things are weird here.”