Boy, 12, Arrested After Bringing Grenade To School

NORTH AURORA, Ill. (CBS) — A 12-year-old boy is in serious trouble for bringing a grenade to the school he attends in North Aurora.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the boy, who lives in North Aurora, was cited as a juvenile delinquent Tuesday morning with bringing the hand grenade into Jewel Middle School.

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Officials at the school, at 1501 Waterford Dr. in North Aurora, were shocked upon finding out that the boy had the hand grenade in his book bag. It turned out to be a dud, but the Kane County Bomb Squad did not know that upon arriving at the school.

The bomb squad carried the hand grenade outside until it was a safe distance away from the school building.

The district has had other incidents of look-alike weapons brought to school, even though parents and students are told not to at the beginning of the year, West Aurora School District spokesman Mike Chapin told the Aurora Beacon-News.

The student who brought the grenade will face discipline from the school as well as disorderly conduct charges, Chapin said.

“The discipline is pretty strong,” he said.

Parents of Jewel Middle School students were notified of the incident by school officials, Chapin said.

School officials also thanked the students who informed their teachers.

“They did the right thing,” Chapin said.

The boy was taken to the North Aurora Police station, and will be referred to Kane County Juvenile Court Services.

The Aurora Beacon-News contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Careepay

    Where did he get the grenade; eBay?

  • Dave

    Heck, you can get one at a military re-enactment show, at army surplus stores, etc. Another example of the hysteria in our schools now. When I was a kid, I could have brought one for show-and-tell. Now a kid gets arrested, suspended and probably expelled. Our society gets more totalitarian all the time.

    • Roberta Waker

      You’re right about bringing stuff like this to school years ago. However, NOW today’s kids bring guns and knives to kill other students, which is why the penalty will be severe. Our children are being brought up with too much violence on tv, at the movies, video games and don’t think killing or torture is wrong anymore. Parents need to spend more time with their children and watch what websites they are visiting because ultimately THEY are responsible for their children’s actions.

    • John

      @Dave – Totalitarian? Really?!?!? Did you forget about the nine year old that accidentally shot a schoolmate with a gun he brought to school? I worry about the kids your kids attend school with…

    • MrCrabs

      Yes, John. Extremely totalitarian. Much of what our politicians want to impose looks just like the stuff that Nazi Germany imposed on its citizens. They pushed all the right buttons, used rational sounding rhetoric, and, before you knew it, they had world domination in mind. Our politicians with the help of the media have been doing it and you are now brainwashed. It’s time to push the reset button; starting right here in Illinois.

  • Jack

    If it had no explosives, isn’t it just a paperweight? If so, should he have been arrested?

  • juju

    Was this another crazy euro-pee-on person of descent?

    • MrCrabs

      What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?

    • Jim


  • MrCrabs

    I know how a 12 yr old thinks. It was a cool object from a surplus store or flea market. He thought his buddies would think it was cool tool. The next thing you know the school and cops over react. Duh. Turn it upside down to see the empty cavity. Then call the parents in to school and talk about why it might scare someone who did not know it was a dummy. Branding him a delinquent is just mean spirited. Telling the news media is even worse. He’s child, not a teen gang banger. This should not be plastered all over the internet and TV. Even though his name was not given, someone will spill it on the web.

  • Scott

    I did the same thing in 1971,as an eight year brother had just returned from Vietnam.he had one, and let me take it to school to show my friends.i’m glad i’m not a kid in todays world…no fun.

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