West Chicago high school student charged with bringing a gun to school – Bob Berlin
“SAFETY AT SCHOOL REMAINS A TOP PRIORITY OF MY ADMINISTRATION,” SAID BERLIN. “ANY THREAT, OR EVEN THE PERCEPTION OF A THREAT, WILL BE TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY AND FULLY INVESTIGATED.
WHEATON –DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and West Chicago Police Chief Colin Fleury today announced that a seventeen-year-old student at West Chicago Community High School was charged with allegedly bringing a gun to school. The minor appeared in a detention hearing this morning where Judge Anthony Coco ordered the minor to be held until at least his next court appearance. The minor was charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon – possession in a school (class 3 felony), one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon (class 4 felony) and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm (Class 3). 4 Crime). His next court appearance is scheduled for April 27, 2022, for status.
It is alleged that on or about April 21, 2022, the minor brought a Ruger 9mm handgun to school. It is alleged that school authorities received information that a student was in possession of a firearm on school property. Yesterday afternoon, the minor was taken into custody. He remained in detention until his hearing this morning.
“School safety remains a top priority of my administration,” Berlin said. “Any threat, or even the perception of a threat, will be taken very seriously and will be thoroughly investigated. I thank the authorities at West Chicago Community High School for their cooperation and attention to this matter as well and the West Chicago Police Department for their work on this case.I also thank Assistant State Attorneys Kristin Grossman and Nick Catizone for their efforts.
“I thank DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and his staff, school staff and West Chicago Police Department officers for their cooperative efforts in the case,” said Fleury.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only accusations and does not constitute proof of the accused’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and has the right to a fair trial in which the onus is on the government to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.