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Teens Charged After Bringing Loaded Gun To School

William Finkl Academy

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Two teenagers have been charged as juveniles for bringing a loaded gun to a near West Side school.

According to police, a 15-year-old boy was seen giving a loaded gun to a 14-year-old girl at William Finkl Academy, in the 2300 block of South Western, to hold until after school.

Authorities were notified and found a loaded handgun in her purse.

Both were charged as juveniles, their names were not released, with unlawful use of a weapon, a felony.

They also face misdemeanor charges, including possession of ammunition and not having a firearm owner identification card.

“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,” said Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus. “School officials took the appropriate steps of notifying CPD, who then took immediate action at the school.”

According to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, the 15-year-old remains in custody, while the 14-year-old has been placed in a group home.