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Police: Bloomington High School student arrested for bringing a loaded gun to school

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A Bloomington High School student was arrested Thursday for allegedly bringing a loaded gun to school.

Bloomington Police said a 16-year-old male student at Bloomington High School was taken into custody Thursday after a school resource officer discovered the student brought a loaded gun to school.

BPD public information officer John Fermon said a school administrator was alerted at around 9 a.m. the student may have had drugs on his possession. He said the gun was discovered during a search of his possessions.

Fermon said the weapon was not fired and no one was injured.

“No students or teachers were threatened,” Fermon said.

The student was taken to the Bloomington Police Department without incident, Fermon said. He was later transported to the McLean County Juvenile Detention Center in Normal.

District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly said BHS parents were notified of the incident Thursday afternoon and the school was not placed on lockdown.

“Students who bring weapons to school face the most severe consequences including expulsion from school,” Reilly said in a news release. “This illegal and dangerous behavior will not be tolerated in our school community.”

Police have not released any information on the student because he is a juvenile.

BPD is seeking several charges against the teen, including Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon with no valid FOID, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon for possession in a school.

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