Adlai Stevenson High School in north suburban Lincolnshire, Illinois, is an academic and sport powerhouse, one of the best schools in the nation, but police arrested a 17-year-old male student shortly after school started on December 4, on charges related to him bringing a gun onto the school’s campus, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Citing school spokesman Jim Conrey, the paper reported that this may be the first possession-of-firearm incident in Stevenson’s 50-year history. The school opened in 1965.
Lincolnshire police said they found a .38-caliber chrome revolver with no bullets in the student’s backpack. He has been charged as a juvenile with unlawful possession of a firearm and has not been identified for the record.
After searching his locker, police found no evidence of any other weapons in his possession and said they did not know if the suspect knew the weapon was unloaded.
With recent terrorism and mass shootings in the US, especially those breaking into top headline coverage on a 24-hour news cycle, schools are becoming more and more vigilant about incidents involving guns on campus.
“It’s something we prepare for all the time,” the Tribune quoted Stevenson’s school resource officer, Tom Branick as saying, who added that he had met with administration officials recently to discuss just such a situation. “We’ve always got to be alert to the possibility that it could happen anywhere. Today, it happened here.”
But on Monday, November 30, Barrington High School went on lockdown after a student allegedly brought a gun, with ammunition, onto that school’s campus. Kyle Johnson, 16, has been charged as an adult in that case.