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2 teens charged after shotgun found in Elgin HS locker

Elgin police were notified Thursday morning that there might be a gun inside the school.  A student had reported seeing something suspicious.

Police arrived about 11:30 a.m. They were in the building for about two hours. Teachers say students and staff were calm while investigators searched school grounds.

“We knew something was happening, we were kept safe, it didn’t feel any fear, just disruption of the learning day.”

Police eventually found the shotgun inside a locker.  It wasn’t loaded, there was no ammunition, and they didn’t find anything else.

John Heiderscheidt, Coordinator of School Safety and Security said “No further weapons, no ammunition” was found.

A 15-year-old student was arrested.  On Friday it was learned that student had purchased the shotgun from another student at the school.

Jeff Swoboda, Elgin Police Chief said “Any weapon in a school is a problem.  The student bought the shotgun, so we have a second 15yo charged with that crime.”

Giffords Street High School is an alternative high school in Elgin with about 150 students.  On Friday school officials are praised the student who came forward after seeing the weapon.

Heiderscheidt said “It was excellent to see a student who saw something like this immediately acted, we acted on that information within minutes.”


8 Comments to “2 teens charged after shotgun found in Elgin HS locker”

    attitude killer said:
    April 12, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    bang gang thug life baby….. if your gonna threaten someone…… dont become a laughing stock …..sheezz

    Esco said:
    April 12, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    That boy aint right..

    kirby1414 said:
    April 12, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Already a gang banger – - Lock him up for life!

    I still think we need forced work camps in Illinois – and get the death penalty back! Our state is going to H E L L without a handbasket….

    United Front said:
    April 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    "firearm by a gangmember."

    Now what is the buzz word here?
    What is the problem here?

    The buzz word is firearm, but the problem is not the gun, it's the person, that good old gangbanger. Same type of person that's taken over Shi….cago and their mayor and haha police chief don't seem to comprehend as being the problem.

    It's not the guns, it's the people, stupid!!!

    Hope this loser never sees thelight of day or freedomagain. And I hope they prosecute the precious little ones parents.

    matt r peck said:
    April 12, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    I live right there!

    sharong4 said:
    April 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Goes to show you, it is not always in the city. It's just that it got caught by the news. They did not specify where they were gangbangers or not. That Sandybrook child wasn't a gangbanger.

    OG Bobby Jonson said:
    April 16, 2013 at 6:52 PM


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