Loaded Gun Found at Auburn, Student Arrested; School Looks at Security

By: Lauren Kravets
By: Lauren Kravets

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It was a scary situation at Auburn High School yesterday after a loaded gun was found in a student's locker. It's not the first time weapons have been brought into the building. We looked at what the district and local law enforcement are doing to keep kids safe and prevent similar incidents.

The revolver found at Auburn Tuesday was the first gun confiscated at the high school this school year, but that doesn't mean it was the first one brought into the building.

Parent Regina Gregory said, "You never know what those kids have in their book bags."

Gregory's son goes to auburn and she says he knows the 15-year-old who brought the gun to school.

She said "That's why I’m trying to transfer him not because I don't want him involved in any of this."

Although there are five security guards and at least one Rockford police officer in the building during school hours, Gregory says metal detectors would be more effective.

However Principal Ryan Reinecke says they're not practical, especially with nearly 40 entrances.

He said, "We'd have to have a metal detector on every door plus we have 1800 students here which means anytime a student wore anything metal, a belt buckle, a chain for their wallet, it'd go off and it would involve us wanding students."

Metal detectors may not be the only potential solution.

The student who brought the gun here to Auburn High School was a gang member and the Winnebago County State's Attorney is cracking down on gang activity.

Winn. Co. State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said, "We're going to be tough from the prosecutorial standpoint, we're using bond conditions and conditions of probation to make sure gang members tow the line and stay away from other gang members and if they're not going to follow those rules then prison is where they're going to end up."

Bruscato also says they're targeting gang leaders first to keep them from recruiting young high school students. Last year it reported the Winnebago County State's Attorney prosecuted about 35 people from 12 different gangs

There were two additional police officers at Auburn today after yesterday's incident.

Reinecke also says they'll do random drug and bomb searches with K-9 dogs this year. They also have a 'report it' link on the district's website.

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A 15-year-old Auburn High School Student was arrested Tuesday for bringing a loaded gun inside the school.
Police say this is not the first time he's been in trouble for having a gun.

District 205 leaders say police were called to question the student today about a fight and when his locker was searched they found the gun.

No one was injured and the school was not put on lock-down.

Rockford Police Detectives conducted follow up investigation on the incident.
The facts of the investigation were reviewed with the Winnebago County State Attorney's Office who authorized the following charges:

Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons 3 counts:
-Possession of a Firearm by a Street Gang Member
-Possession of a Firearm by a person under 21 years of age who has been adjudicated.
-Resisting Arrest

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