Charges Filed After Boy Brings Gun to School

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) -- Prosecutors have filed charges against a man they say owned the loaded gun that a 7-year-old boy brought to a suburban Chicago school.

The Daily Herald reports Rashaad Byrd of Romeoville is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and child endangerment.

Authorities say the 27-year-old was staying with the boy's family. They say the second grader found the gun and brought it to his Elgin school Thursday.

Elgin Area School District U-46 officials say another student saw the handgun in the boy's backpack and reported it to a teacher.

Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda says no charges will be filed against the boy. Swoboda wouldn't discuss the boy's motive for bringing the gun to school.

It was unclear if Byrd has an attorney.
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Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com


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