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updated: 4/1/2014 6:39 PM

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.

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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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