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Article updated: 9/14/2012 3:50 PM

Glenbard South student charged with having 30-inch weapon at school

Steven W. Allen

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A student at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn is facing a felony charge after authorities say he went to school with a 30-inch weapon embedded with nails and shards of glass.

Prosecutors said Steven W. Allen, 17, of Lombard, denied he had any nefarious plans, and no threats were made.

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"He indicated it was a gift for someone else and a piece of art, but it's nonetheless a dangerous weapon," DuPage County Prosecutor Kevin Laude said in court Friday.

Allen was arrested Thursday after officials discovered the weapon, which Laude said had a handle at one end and was embedded with four nails and shards of glass at the other. Court records described it as a "bludgeon."

Glenbard District 87 spokeswoman Peg Mannion declined to comment on the arrest but said school safety is always a "top priority."

"We want to provide a safe environment for students, staff and visitors," she said.

Allen, of the 20W400 block of Marlborough Road, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon on school grounds, a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. He has no prior criminal history, prosecutors said.

Allen was released from the county jail Friday after posting a $200 bond. He could not immediately be reached for comment. His next court date is Oct. 15 in front of Judge Kathryn Creswell.

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