Boy, 15, charged after shotgun found in Elgin HS locker

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 11:00pm

A high school student was charged Friday after Elgin police found an unloaded shotgun in a student's locker.

Police said they received a tip at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday which led to a search at Gifford Street High School. After searching the school, lockers, and students, police found an unloaded shotgun was located in a student's locker. No ammunition or other unsafe items were found in the school.

The 15-year-old boy, who is a resident of Streamwood, now faces three felony charges: Possession of a firearm by a gang member, unlawful use of a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school and unlawful use of a weapon.

Elgin police said the student has been detained at the Kane County Youth Home pending a detention hearing.

Gifford Street High School is an alternative high school where students from five other high schools can be sent for emotional, social or academic reasons, according to the school's website. There are no metal detectors at the school.

Classes are back to normal but police officers are patrolling the area.


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