There is an ongoing investigation regarding a Buffalo Councilman who allegedly brought a gun into a school.
Masten District representative Ulysees Wingo is being investigated for bringing a gun into Riverside High School at a scholarship event on Tuesday.
That source says once Wingo realized he had the gun on school property, which is illegal, he alerted the principal.
The source also says the ammunition was removed from the gun, and the school’s principal, Jerome Piwko, locked the gun and ammunition away, in separate places.
Buffalo police were at the school Thursday as part of the investigation.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is investigating the incident.
So far, no charges have been filed.
Wingo is no longer allowed on any school grounds in the district and the principal is now on administrative leave.
Wingo released a statement Friday evening, expressing remorse and confirming he has a pistol permit:
"I respect the concerns of my constituents, the families, and the administrators of the Buffalo School District and acknowledge the inconvenience this situation has caused. I regret Tuesday’s events and as an elected representative of the Masten District, I will work to ensure that all affected parties are reassured of my commitment to the safety of every student.
I have my license to legally carry a pistol, unrestricted, in the State of New York to protect my family and myself. I have the utmost respect for laws and protocols surrounding firearms in schools. My actions were unintentional and inadvertent. To bolster public safety, I was concerned with disarming and securing my weapon, ascertaining the school’s protocol for this type circumstance and to ensure the continued safety of the students.
I am remorseful that this has come to our doorstep as a community. This further enforces the need for a more robust security program at all of our schools."
The Buffalo Central School District released a statement earlier Friday, saying:
When Central Office staff of the Buffalo City School District was made aware that Buffalo Common Council Member and Education Chair Ulysees Wingo had entered Riverside High School #206 with a gun and ammunition, protocol was immediately followed and police were notified. NYS Penal Law 220.00 and BPS Board Policy 3441 strictly prohibits firearms on school property for anyone other than commissioned law enforcement officers. The administrator in charge of Riverside High School #206 has been placed on administrative leave while the District follows Human Resource procedures.
Pursuant to District procedure, this individual has been notified that he is not permitted to be on, in, or around any Buffalo City School District property or attend any events sponsored by the BuffaloPublic Schools without the express written permission of the Superintendent.
At a time when the country is besieged by gun violence and the horrific, unspeakable events that have occurred inside our nation’s schools, the Buffalo City School District remains especially vigilant on behalf of our students, teachers, and staff. It is inexcusable for any person to enter school property with a firearm. In the event that a gun is known to be on school property, police will be called and a report will be filed. The uncompromised safety of our schools is always our first priority.