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Palatine student charged with bringing handgun to school

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A teenage student is facing felony charges after he was caught with a gun Tuesday at a northwest suburban high school.

Staff at Palatine High School alerted a security officer of a 15-year-old boy who suspiciously wrapped something in a sweatshirt he placed on a desk, Palatine police said in a statement.

Officers were called to the school at 1111 N. Rohlwing Rd. and arrested the student without incident, police said. They found a sweatshirt with a small handgun wrapped inside.

The student told investigators he brought the gun to school due to threats he received in the community, police said.

He was brought to the Palatine police station and charged with one felony count each of unlawful use of a weapon and disorderly conduct, police said. He has been transferred to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center to await a detention hearing.