BREAKING – FIRST REPORT: Child brings loaded gun onto Lakewood school bus, allegedly threatens to shoot another student; Sources [UPDATED]

A child has brought a loaded gun onto a Lakewood school bus today, TLS has learned.

Sources tell TLS, the child, said to be a 4th grader and approximately 9 years old, reportedly waved the gun on the bus saying he was going to shoot another child. The bus was on the way to the Oak Street School, officials say.

A child reported the incident, and the suspect was quickly apprehended by the District’s security team lead by John Stillwell.

The gun, officials confirm to TLS, was loaded at the time, and immediately secured.

“To the credit of the district’s security team led by John Stillwell, Building Principal Joe Schropfer and staff and the Lakewood Police Department – who are now at the school – the gun has been apprehended and a full investigation is occurring,” District Counsel Michael Inzelbuch told TLS. “All students are safe.”

“These are the type of valiant actions that don’t make it to the press,” Inzelbuch added. “G-d bless our Security and Police.”

Detective Lieutenant Greg Staffordsmith tells TLS the Detective’s Bureau is investigating.

UPDATE: “The Lakewood Police Department is actively investigating the report of a student who brought a loaded handgun to the Oak Street school around 9 am this morning,” Staffordsmith told TLS.

Staffordsmith confirms security was alerted by an arriving student who stated that the 9-year-old schoolmate was in the possession of a loaded gun.

“Security was able to identify the 9-year-old and did in fact locate a loaded 22 caliber handgun in his backpack,” Staffordsmith said.

“At this time the investigation is on going and additional information will be released as it becomes available.”

UPDATE 4:05PM: “Both boys have been charged with the Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and the Possession of a Weapon on School grounds,” Staffordsmith tells TLS.

The investigation is still active.


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There are 48 Comments to "BREAKING – FIRST REPORT: Child brings loaded gun onto Lakewood school bus, allegedly threatens to shoot another student; Sources [UPDATED]"

  • concerned parent says:

    what school bus? school? my kids go to lakewood !!!

  • Lakewood Mom says:

    I hope the parents get reprimanded as well. The child most likely got it from one of the parents. If it was the parents, it’s their obligation to keep it safe away from a child UNLOADED. God forbid children got hurt. Thank God everyone is okay

  • Shayane yeed says:

    4th Grader? How low has the world sunk.??
    PARENT-REMEMBER to send off your kinderlach on the bus with a prayer on your lips, that they come home safely and they should be matzliach in their day..

    • Idella says:

      A4th grader that has spent a lot of time on the streets is very MATURE for their age,,,just sayin…

  • AlterYid says:

    Gun was apprehended? Child and parents should of been apprehehend!

  • Tressie says:

    Okay, was a search warrant executed before the child’s backpack was searched? I sense a lawsuit in the making

  • Chaim yankel says:

    What happened to just good old having a good fist fight?? The kids bring guns and we have all the shootouts. The answer is eventually the frustarayion of not punching your bully/ enemy out leads them to guns and massacres! The rules are way to tight on fist fights in schools ease up and let boys be boys just a little bit so they can grow up naturally like we all did.
    Crazy world

  • WTH? says:

    Why was the word GOD hyphenated and not spelled out?

  • K C says:

    The word is God … you and spell it out

  • Devora says:

    Wow! When you think about the kind of tragedy that could have occurred today, it reminds us how grateful we have to be to Hashem for keeping us – and all of Lakewood’s children – safe from harm.

  • me,myself&i says:

    While I’m very grateful to school security and police we should not forget to commend the student who actually called security and got the ball rolling. He/She saw something and said something!

  • TheStory says:

    If this kid and his family are not citizens DEPORT THEM NOW!!! And if there is known gang activity in that this is the reason a loaded gun is so available to a 9 year old, ARREST THE GUN OWNER NOW!!!!

  • Steinberg says:

    The world G-d was hyphenated because it was written by a Jew and Jews do not write it out.
    If that’s all you took from this article you have a problem

  • Ray says:

    Why was god censored?

  • Respect4G-D says:

    @WTH? @KC

    I am assuming you were making those comments out of genuine curiosity. The word “GOD” is a very sacred word and must be respected. In some religions it is forbidden to say the name of G-D in vain. Although the word G-D isn’t actually the name of God, while referring to the Almighty Master of the Universe many people in that those communities will refrain from saying or writing the word out in full. This is done out of utter respect for the name of G-D not at all in fear of publishing the word God. Hopefully that clarified your concerns!

  • Anonymaam says:

    A 9 yr old with a loaded gun?!? Who did it belong to? A parent? A sibling? Someone’s gonna pay. It shouldn’t have happened!

  • Mama Bear says:

    I really object to what I perceive as smear campaign against the Lakewood we (used to?) know. For your readership, a “Lakewood” bus would be a bus going to Bais Faiga or the Cheder. It’s not the bus taking some little, probably illegal, tachshit to a non-private school. Kindly find a term that would properly convey that to, rather than call momentary hysteria.

    • Former Lkwd Kid says:

      “the Lakewood we used to know” had a very small Jewish private school population and a much larger proportion of public school students. It’s only recently that that has reversed. However this is still the USA, not Bias Hamoshiach, and “we” and our private schools don’t own the town. The article makes it clear that it was a public school kid and nobody is smearing anyone except you with your racist comment that makes all of “us” look bad.

  • Nothing much being done 4 bullying says:

    I agree with chaim yanked but, the school of today don’t let you fist fight it out. The bullying issues are not being stopped believe me I know. My daughter went to that school nd the only one who took care of it right away was Dr.Boxer as soon as the new guys came in they messed everything up rules changed. Okay maybe a parent had the gun maybe not let’s not forget these houses are rented out to way to many could of been a renter in their parents house. As Well as the video games of today to many killing games not enough good taught in the home of God,nd absent parents both working, while they are on government food stamps nd renting rooms out. I’m a sahm, (stay at home mom) husband works only, don’t have food cards, nd no one lives in my home but, us tooo dangerous. Parents, moms be there for your kids work nd money is not always important at the end of the day it will be gone anyway.What is more important teaching your children good habits or working nd letting them raise themselves.

  • concerned parent says:

    in the days when we had good old fashioned spankings, this didn’t happen. Dr. Spock was obviously wrong in this case. We don’t need gun control, we need JERK control.

  • Nothing much being done 4 bullying says:

    Sorry chaim yankel my phone changed the spelling of your name. But, I agree with you again

  • Abe says:

    All this indignation about guns yet the Lakewood community still votes Republican.

  • Hollyhoho says:

    I can’t believe all you took out out of was how to spell God. I am not Jewish and therefore do not have to hyphenate it.

    But the real story is a gun! How did he get it? Where are the parents?
    Thank God that the school and the police acted fast.

  • Knowledge says:


    Schools don’t need a search warrant to search on their property, which includes BUSES, all they need is a reasonable suspicion. I’m betting that a child saying he saw another child with a loaded gun and threatening another child’s life is DEFINITELY enough suspicion to search a backpack. The scope of the search is reasonable and not intrusive.

  • Chaim yankel says:

    Abe is that all you took out of it is we vote republican. Just one question, do you have any idea how tight gun control is in Chicago? Super duper tight, so why so much gun violence?? Chicago should be your ideal city allliving blissful with super tight gun control but yet it is the opposite! Why ??? Because gun control just controls the good guys who have a constitutional right to own guns. The bad guys dont really care at all about any “gun control” laws . It’s that simple, that’s why we vote republican we want freedom for all and good police ( like we have in Lakewood)
    Democrats don’t have any REAL answers except some slogans and the usual protesting (temper tamtrums) of our rule of law.

    Lakewood is very though out, there is a reason most vote republican. One more reason republican less taxes, more jobs, just look at hat our Democrat governor is doing , how he wants to govern… legalize marijuana, raise taxes…. yup we are running to vote democrat

  • ch says:

    Why does so many seem shocked!!!! this is reality !!! it makes me sick that this has become what is expected now a days!!! sad world we live in

  • Jacelynn Garcia says:

    I’m in oak street school I was absent but to know that a parent is so low and didn’t know about the kid bringing a gun to school I wanna know if it’s my bus my bus number is bus 16 if it was my bus and my friends I care about and I just saw thing an heard it from my cousin I feel bad for the kids on the bus I’m in the 5 grade now I wanna watch all the little kids in my bus I wanna shield them with all my life I don’t care if it means putting my life at risk I wanna be a role model to little kids

  • Sally says:

    I can’t believe your worried about a search warrant for this kids backpack! He had a loaded gun that could’ve killed any of our children! I’m sure the gun is not registered and who knows might solve a few un solved murders around here! Thank God everyone is safe. Now let’s s charger these parents!

    • Le randomest says:

      He wasn’t – he was concerned about the possibility of a silly lawsuit.

  • Ron Benvenisti says:

    4th grader! On his way to a very unsuccessful career. Who’s footsteps is he following in? I hate to jump to conclusions but ya think the family (or remote resemblance to one) or home has anything to do with this? .22, Saturday night Special. Deadly on a bus at close range.

  • Sally says:

    It doesn’t matter who’s in office, people are going to do what they do! Let’s start with healthy up bringings. Parents being parents and not friends to these kids. Break the chains for a better life! I pray for everyone on Earth! Please God enter everyone Heart to love, and enter everyone’s mind to be mindful! Amen!

  • Abe's neighbor says:

    Somehow somewhere, someone will blame this either on the Jews, or on the Republicans, or on Donald Trump.

  • Neighbour says:

    What i would like to know is what happens to the owner of the gun?

  • newcomer says:

    this episode is NOT typical of lakewood. of course, much must be done to investigate how the child had access to a gun and to determine who is responsible. this kid did not buy the gun from a licensed gun shop. also, who taught him that this is the way to deal with people you dont like? there is something very wrong with our society today and i dont think our problems are limited to illegal immigrants. when toy manufacturers think it’s ok to invent and sell ‘toys’ about school shootings it’s time we all examine our culture

    • Le randomest says:

      What are these school-shooting toys of which you speak?
      That’s hard to believe.

  • Shapiro says:

    Sad to see 2 people assume the kid is illegal. You can see he’s white, and the EARLIER threat incident was by a white high schooler. Aren’t they supposed to be the minority in our public schools?

  • Curious says:

    @jacelynn Garcia
    Very very impressive that you would do the right thing and protect your kids
    Your students are so lucky to have you!!!

  • Just saying.. says:

    Well the Democrats are going to love this happening…now they will punish law abiding gun owners for this kids wrong doing.
    I want to know where the gun came from and how the kid got his hands on it.
    New Jersey has some of the toughest gun laws and guns are still available. The Democrats should be trying to get guns away from the bad people not the responsible gun owners.

  • General Washington says:

    disgusting liberals…

  • TheStory says:

    @ newcomer. The truth is the town is littered with gang tags (spray painted gang symbols) all over the town. I assume a 9yo obtaining and carrying a gun w/bullets as a regular way of life may come from such a “family”.