Two 15-year-olds face felony weapons charges after police say one sold an unloaded shotgun to the other at an Elgin alternative high school.
Both teens were charged with felony possession of a firearm by a gang member and two counts of felony unlawful use of weapon, police said Friday.
Police received a tip from a student Thursday that a student brought the weapon to Gifford Street High School, 46 S. Gifford St.
The gun was found in the locker of a student from Streamwood. The Elgin police school resource officer immediately worked with school and district administrators to secure the students and the school, police said.
School administrators and police searched the school and the students, and say no ammunition was found.
Elgin police continued to investigate on Friday and detained the second student, a resident of Elgin, after finding out he sold the gun to the other student while on school grounds.
The Streamwood youth had a detention hearing Friday morning, Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said. No information was immediately available about the outcome of the hearing.
The Elgin youth was being held at Kane County Youth Home pending a detention hearing Monday morning, Theriault said.
“I am proud of the student who brought this information forward. It is this type of brave action that leads to a safer community” Elgin Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda said.
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