JFK Middle School in Northampton was placed on lockdown Thursday after a man was spotted in the school’s parking lot with two air rifles.
According to the Northampton Police Department Facebook page, 27-year-old Matthew Borsuk of Florence was arrested following the incident. He has been charged with disturbing a school assembly and two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon on school property.
Police were called to the school around 2:10 p.m. Thursday for a report of a man with a gun. A staff member was outside of the school with a group of students who allegedly observed Borsuk and his vehicle. The teacher then brought the students inside and a lockdown was initiated, according to Northampton police.
Police said an officer saw the vehicle backed into a parking spot with the trunk open. Borsuk was allegedly sitting in the ground next to the vehicle with what appeared to be a rifle in his lap.
Police said the officer held Borsuk at gunpoint and ordered him to show his hands and he complied. Borsuk was arrested and taken into custody.
“I certainly can understand the school being concerned obviously, you know, in the climate today and what’s happening, so I certainly understand the police showing up,” said Michael Foy, Borzuk’s attorney.
Several items were found on Borsuk and in his vehicle including an Accu Whisper Pellet Gun (.177 caliber), a Brown Swiss Arms TG-1 Pellet Gun (.177 caliber), 500 Crosman .177 caliber pellets, a scope for the black pellet rifle, gun cases, 11.37 grams of marijuana, a marijuana smoking pipe and grinder, and other miscellaneous items, according to Northampton police.
Police said Borsuk stated he was at the school to pick up an adult friend and they were planning on going target shooting. Borsuk told police that since he had some time while he was waiting, he allegedly decided to sit outside of the school, remove the weapon from his trunk, and put it together.
Borsuk told police he has no intention of entering the school or using the weapon at that time, according to Northampton police.
Borsuk was arraigned in Hampshire County District Court Friday morning. He was released on $500 cash bail and ordered to stay away from all Northampton schools.
The judge ordered Borsuk to surrender his weapons.
According to Borsuk’s lawyer, Michael Foy, the two air rifles are the only weapons he owns.
Borsuk is due back in court July 11.
No one was injured in this incident.