Teens Arrested After Gun Found at School

No injuries were reported

By Mitchell Grogg
|  Friday, Jun 8, 2012  |  Updated 10:01 PM CDT
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Teens Arrested After Gun Found at School

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Two teenagers were arrested after a gun was recovered at a southwest side elementary school this week.

Chicago police were called to Finkl School, in the 2300 block of South Western Avenue at about 9:30 Thursday morning after a student reported seeing another student, a boy, hand a handgun to a 14-year-old girl.

The girl told police she was holding the gun until after school for the boy, who is 15 years old.

Both students were arrested, and the gun was recovered, said police spokesman John Mirabelli. He could not confirm a report that the gun was loaded.

"CPS continues to make the safety and security of our students a priority and we do not tolerate weapons of any kind on school grounds," Marielle Sainvilus of Chicago Public Schools said in a statement. "School officials took the appropriate steps of notifying CPD, who then took immediate action at the school."

Both students were charged as juveniles with unlawful use of a weapon. No one was injured in the incident.

This incident comes on the heels of the release of a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found 4.7 percent of Chicago youth surveyed had carried a weapon on school property. The annual Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance report also found 16 percent of teens in Chicago had considered or attempted suicide, more than any other place in the country.

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