16-year-old charged with bringing loaded gun to Lincoln-Way West

SHARE 16-year-old charged with bringing loaded gun to Lincoln-Way West

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with bringing a loaded handgun to a southwest suburban school Monday morning.

The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon at a school, according to the Will County sheriff’s office. He is being held at the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Joliet on a $250,000 bond.

He was taken into custody at Lincoln-Way West High School on South Gouger Road in New Lenox, according to Scott Tingley, superintendent of Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210.

A student told the associate principal at 7:45 a.m. that they had received threatening messages on their phone saying the school was going to be shot up, according to the sheriff’s office. The message was sent anonymously.

The student who got the call told school officials they had seen another student showing off a gun at a party over the weekend. The sheriff’s school resource officer and associate principal located that student before classes began and found a handgun in his backpack, authorities said.

The pistol belonged to a family member of the student, Tingley said. He did not know if the gun was loaded.

No one was injured, Tingley said. The school was never evacuated and everything is now running normally, he said.

The Latest
Police say a man struck a woman multiple times with a baseball bat after an argument at a gas station in the 11600 block of South Michigan Avenue,
To address the breadth and depth of the need to remediate outdated schools at a time of worsening weather extremes, Chicago needs an estimated $30 billion, two educators write.
Basilio Clausen faces up to five years in prison but is now cooperating with federal prosecutors.
The Broncos have the worst defense in football. Fields, until Sunday, was one of the worst quarterbacks in the sport. Both might still be true.
The House of Representatives ousted Kevin McCarthy of his powers on a 216-210 vote. Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, a McCarthy ally, was named speaker pro tempore.