Teenage student charged with bringing gun, ammo to Barrington High

BARRINGTON (FOX 32 News) -  A northwest suburban high school student faces several felony charges for bringing an unloaded handgun and ammunition to school on Monday, prompting a lockdown, according to police.

The 16-year-old Barrington High School student was charged Monday afternoon with six felonies, including unlawful use of a weapon on school grounds, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, and three counts of possession of a controlled substance, according to a statement from Barrington police.

He also faces misdemeanor counts of possession of a firearm without a valid FOID, possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, and possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis, police said.

The lockdown occurred about 10:55 a.m. at Barrington High School, according to a statement on District 220's Facebook page.

A Barrington High School faculty member saw a student with a gun in a restroom, and the school was placed on campus-wide hard lockdown, according to a statement from Barrington 220 School District and Barrington police.

Police arrived at the campus in less than one minute and searched the building. The student was found with an unloaded gun and ammunition in a backpack, according to the statement.

"The student was quickly apprehended, questioned to ensure there were no accomplices, and transported off campus in police custody," the statement said.

The lockdown lasted less than one hour before normal activities resumed.

“All students are safe, everyone is accounted for, and police remain on site to assist with school personnel,” the statement said. “We want to commend all members of the high school community for immediately responding to the lockdown and following all security protocols. As a result, the student was identified and apprehended, and the safety of everyone was verified.”

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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