- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A group that supports charter schools says the number of weapons confiscated at New York City public schools rose sharply last year.

The report released Friday by Families For Excellent Schools comes the same week that two guns were seized at schools. Police said a 15-year-old and an 11-year-old brought loaded guns to school in separate Queens incidents.

The report from Families for Excellent Schools says the biggest increase in weapons seized was in the number of Tasers and stun guns, from four in the 2013-2014 school year to 62 in 2014-2015. The report is based on NYPD records that the education group says it obtained through a freedom of information request.

City Department of Education spokeswoman Toya Holness says there is “zero tolerance for any weapons in schools.”

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