Student Brings Loaded Gun To School In Island Lake

Updated 03/05/12 – 5:26 p.m.

ISLAND LAKE (CBS) — A far northwest suburban school was on lockdown for several hours Monday morning, after a middle school student brought a loaded gun to school.

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports the gun-toting student at Matthews Middle School in Island Lake is being charged with three felonies: disorderly conduct, reckless conduct, and unlawful use of a weapon. Authorities refused to disclose the student’s name or age.

School officials said the student was caught after he showed the gun to two classmates, who then notified the school staff.

Dozens of anxious parents rushed to Matthews to take their kids home, after a student brought a loaded, .25-caliber handgun to school.

Student Shannon Peat said the experience “scared me a little bit – like a lot, kind of – and everybody was, like, freaking out. And it was just, glad it’s over.”

Classmate Trevor Tobias said, “They said that somebody brought a gun to school. They didn’t tell us what it was, or what kind it was, which kind of freaked me out.

The student was caught after he showed the pistol to two other students, who reported the incident to school staff.

School Supt. Daniel Coles said, “The student was asked to empty his pockets. The student did, in fact, have a loaded gun.

The school day began at 7:45 a.m. By 8:15 a.m., the gun had been recovered, the student had been detained and the school had been placed on lockdown, as police used search dogs to scour the building.

No other weapons were found, and the lockdown was lifted at 11:10 a.m., but the school didn’t notify parents with emails and voice mails until 12:20 p.m.

Some parents were angry about being left in the dark so long.

Jaunine Moore said, “Couldn’t they have got on the phone an hour after they had this person detained and then called the parents and told them what was going on? You know what I mean? So, we at least know our kids were safe, but no, we had to hear it on your news that something happened at our school. That’s ridiculous.

Cole said, “The first and foremost job of everyone present is to secure the safety of the students and staff. The notification, that comes after that.”

Police said they don’t know why the student brought the gun to school, or if he intended to use it.

Counselors will be on duty Tuesday for students who need them.

  • Gary Gnu

    I don’t think middle school students should be playing with guns. The parents have alot of explaining to do. And what is up with the upset parents who weren’t immediately notified? What would that have accomplished? They couldn’t wait to hear it on the news? Why? No shots were fired and nobody was hurt.

  • D Berggy

    Dear parents who “were upset that school district officials failed to notify them about the situation.” SHUT UP. They’ll notify you after the kids are safe and all is under control. Isn’t that what’s important? Geez…

    • Lyndia

      It is clear to me, crystal clear, that you have no children.

      • Rob D.

        I have two children in the district (Robert Crown and Cotton Creek) and I have no problem with them notifying us when they did since there were no shots fired and no other weapons found. They did what they were supposed to. If they had notified us all at 9 AM what would have happened? They would have either had a run on the school of parents rushing to get their kids and I’m sure the cops didn’t want that going on while they were there or we would have been sitting around waiting and worrying for 3 hours. I think they handled it fine.

  • Toonces

    Well, it’s Island Lake; what do you expect?

    • 1 American Mom

      Really Toonces? What do YOU expect of Island Lake and why? My kids have attended Cotton Creek, Matthews Middle School, and Transfiguration School of Religion. The Wauconda School District has done a fantastic job backing up what I teach my kids at home; to love, honor, and respect each other as well as themselves. But no matter how good a program is there are always going to be people who will try to defile it, which is fine because that only makes the program stronger. The are a lot of really good people in the Island Lake/Wauconda Area and I think the two boys who immediately notified the Administration about the gun prove that.

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  • K. R.

    I can’t believe the comments I am reading from you people. Get a life. THis is why our society is the way it is because of ignorant people like yourselves.

    • Jim

      What? Maybe express your opinion rather than throwing insults. I agree with everyone but Lyndia and Toonces.

  • juju

    Well no one agrees with you, dummy.

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