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Published on February 24, 2024
Gurnee Middle School Student Charged After Loaded Gun Found in Locker; Soft Lockdown Ensures SafetySource: Google Street View

Tension gripped a Gurnee middle school Friday as a student was charged with bringing a loaded gun into the premises, triggering a soft lockdown. The incident occurred at Viking Middle School, located at 4460 Old Grand Avenue, where police responded to reports of a student allegedly carrying a weapon, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

According to the Sun-Times, the chain of events unfolded around 9:30 a.m. when a student overheard another talking about having a gun, which led to the school initiating a protective measure. As officers from the Gurnee Police Department and a Lake County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit combed through the school, a loaded gun was extracted from a 13-year-old boy’s locker. The young suspect was taken to the police department for questioning and hit with a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon in school before being released.

The school's swift action in declaring a soft lockdown ensured the safety of the students and staff during the ordeal. Gurnee police, alongside the K9 unit, carried out a meticulous search, which according to NBC Chicago, led to the recovery of the handgun. The student associated with the incident was promptly placed in custody following the search.

Confirming the situation was contained, officials reported no credible threats were directed at students or staff. "No credible threats to students or staff were found following an investigation," per the information provided by the Sun-Times. This arrest underscores the ongoing concern regarding the presence of firearms in schools and the paramount importance of school safety protocols. The incident, now in the hands of law enforcement, marks a chilling reminder of the potential dangers that can manifest within the walls of our educational institutions.