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Teen accused of bringing gun to elementary school

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A judge has ordered a 15-year-old Chicago boy held in lieu of $50,000 for bringing a gun into a South Side elementary school.

Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Robert Mack said Tuesday authorities found a .38-caliber revolver with three live rounds in Leon Bell Jr.'s backpack at Mollison Elementary School late Monday.

Authorities said Mollison's principal learned two students had been taking pictures with the weapon in a bathroom. It was unclear if Bell was one of the students.

Bell admitted he knew the gun was in his backpack, authorities said. The teen was charged with unlawful use of a weapon on school grounds.

Bell, who has been charged as an adult, has had previous encounters with the law.

Chicago Public School officials did not immediately comment on the incident.

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