© 2024 Peoria Public Radio
A joint service of Bradley University and Illinois State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Sheriff: Dunlap Valley Middle School student arrested after bringing gun to school

A police car's lights, which are on. The text "WCBU Police and Fire" are laid on top of that photo.

A 13-year-old boy has been taken into custody after allegedly bringing a stolen handgun to Dunlap Valley Middle School.

School staff and the resource officer were told about a student with a gun around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from Peoria County Sheriff Chris Watkins. The handgun was in the student's locker.

The handgun was found to have been stolen during a Peoria burglary. Detectives questioned the student and searched his house, but no other weapons were found.

Watkins said there is no evidence the student planned to commit a school shooting. Instead, he told police he wanted to show it to his friends and wanted it for protection.

The student faces charges of underage possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and unlawful use of a firearm.

The investigation is ongoing. Watkins said the department will have more officers at the school this week.

Camryn Cutinello is a reporter and digital content director at WCBU. You can reach Camryn at cncutin@illinoisstate.edu.