Two sophomores have been charged with disorderly conduct after planning to exchange an air-soft gun for money inside Metea Valley High School in Aurora.
Authorities said the school's resource officer was alerted around 7:30 a.m. Friday that several students had reported either hearing about or seeing the gun, which is similar to a pellet gun.
School officials initiated a "soft lockdown," authorities said, and were quickly able to identify the two 16-year-old boys, who both live in Naperville. Officials said they found the gun inside a backpack belonging to one of the boys.
Police said it appears one of the students brought the gun to school to sell to the other. They said there was never a threat of violence and the situation was addressed in less than an hour.
The two students have been referred to DuPage County Juvenile Court Services and released to their parents.