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Prosecutors charge teen who allegedly brought stolen gun to Dunlap school

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A 13-year-old faces felony charges after allegedly bringing a loaded gun to Dunlap Valley Middle School this week.

The Peoria County State's Attorney's Office says the gun was found in the boy's locker. The teen reportedly told detectives he stole the gun and showed it off to other students at school on three occasions. He also allegedly sent photos of the gun to another student.

Prosecutors say they don't believe the teen had plans to commit a school shooting or hurt anyone. They say he was just "showing off" the firearm.

The 13-year-old was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a stolen firearm, and burglary.

The teen is currently held in the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center. The Peoria County Sheriff's Office has more deputies posted at the school this week as a safety precaution.

Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.