Students Tagged for Facebook Gun Play

By BJ Lutz
|  Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010  |  Updated 6:45 PM CDT
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Two west suburban high school students have been suspended after appearing in a video posted on Facebook brandishing guns.

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Two 16-year-old boys have been suspended from school after a video showing them playing with guns and flashing gang signs appeared on Facebook.

The two boys, students at Riverside Brookfield High School, face up to 10 days suspension from school, but will not face criminal charges.

No specific threats were made and the weapons were not brought to school, said Riverside Chief Tom Weitzel, adding that the video has been online since November.

But the video came to the attention of Interim Superintendent David Bonnette when other students felt threatened by the video.

The students were pulled from classes Monday after police met with school officials.  One of the students said the video was shot at a home in Maywood.  He told police that one of the weapons was a BB gun.  The other was a real handgun.

"This is a very serious event but...there were no weapons on school grounds and no threats to any students," said Weitzel, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Bonnette said he hopes other students learn from the incident.

"We want to...communicate with students how a frivolous action today can have consequences for them in the future,'' he said.

The Cook County State's Attorney's office declined to seek charges because no handgun was recovered and no specific threats were made, according to police. However, the students were dealt with administratively by school officials through  suspension, police said.

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