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A Chicago high school honors student was arrested after bringing a gun to school.

He claims it was “to protect himself” from gang members.

Darnell Hamilton, 17, appeared in bond court Wednesday, charged as an adult with unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm in school, both felonies.

Police arrested Hamilton Tuesday, after he brought a 9 mm handgun to Urban Prep Charter Academy on city’s West Side.

Hamilton told police he brought it to school to protect himself  because gang members had threatened to kill him several times over the last two years.

Hamilton’s mother says her son is not a gang member.

She says he has a 4.0 GPA and has been promised a scholarship to Ohio State University.

Urban Prep school spokesman Edward Briscoe said school officials were still deciding what action to take against Hamilton.