Boy, 13, brought family member's loaded gun to school

The student who brought a loaded revolver to his Aurora middle school had taken the weapon from a locked gun case at his residence, police said today.

The boy, 13, made his initial juvenile court appearance in Kane County as teachers and administrators at Washington Middle School dealt with the fallout from Monday's incident.

The eighth-grader was arrested after a teacher noticed a group of students milling around his locker. That prompted the discovery of the pistol in a book bag in the locker, police said.

The weapon belongs to one of the student’s family members, who has a valid firearm owner’s card, police said. That person had it stored in a locked case, police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said today.

Mike Chapin, the spokesman for West Aurora School District 129, said administrators issued a mass voice mail to parents Monday to alert them to what happened.  They also emailed them a copy of the Aurora police press statement released later that day.

Teachers discussed the incident with students during first period this morning, Chapin said. They emphasized that students need to alert teachers if they learn of potentially dangerous situations.

“We wanted to assure them that school is a safe place,” Chapin said.

The school handbook explicitly bans weapons and look-alikes. A violation could result in discipline that may include expulsion, Chapin said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the gun belonged to the student's father.

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