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Evanston Student Arrested, Brought Air Pellet Gun To School

This plastic air pellet gun, which closely resembled a real semi-automatic handgun, was found in a student backpack. (Credit: Evanston Police)

This plastic air pellet gun, which closely resembled a real semi-automatic handgun, was found in a student backpack. (Credit: Evanston Police)

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EVANSTON (CBS) — An Evanston Township High School student was charged with disorderly conduct Wednesday after police found a plastic air pellet gun in his backpack.

Evanston police responded to the school about 1 p.m. Wednesday after a student told a security officer he thought he saw another student with a gun, Evanston police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said.

Officers found the plastic Airsoft gun in the backpack of 19-year-old student Adel Mohammed Sobhi, Parrott said. The device only shoots plastic pellets but looks like a black semiautomatic 9 mm handgun.

“Unless you were up close looking at it, it would be hard to distinguish” between the toy gun and the real thing, Parrott said.

Air guns are prohibited by Evanston city ordinance, so Sobhi was issued a citation in addition to being charged with disorderly conduct.

No students were injured.

No arrest photo was available.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)