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
-No FOID
-Possession of a Firearm by a person under 21 years of age who has been adjudicated.
-Resisting Arrest

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  • by Dave Location: Rockford on Oct 28, 2011 at 08:33 AM
    This child has degenerate parents that suck off the free programs of this country. They likely rent and then stiff the landlord, move again and stiff another landlord. They add nothing to the taxbase that pays for free education because they are not employed and have nothng to give. Take this child lock him up and take away any free benefits his parents have from the government so they get off the drugs and start paying attention to their family. This is likely a family that has mom, seven kids and dad is long gone or drinking 40s shooting dice on the corner with his hat tipped one way or another looking stupid.
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      by don't trip on Oct 30, 2011 at 02:00 AM in reply to Dave
      u cant judge nobody until u lived dey life
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        by Dave on Oct 30, 2011 at 02:20 PM in reply to don't trip
        The difference is that I choose to live life rather than be a waste of life. Turn off the tv and read a book. Have a lemonaid rather than a drink. Spend time with my kids instead of the homeis. Look for a job rather than a scam. Take school seriously rather than take all the BS at school so seriously. Take ownership and responsibility of my life rather than letting others be in control. Live a life don't waste it.
  • by Tom Location: Rockford on Oct 26, 2011 at 03:12 PM
    Put in the metal detectors and then implement a uniform rule which would not allow for chains on wallets or metal belt buckles that would slow down the passing of 1800 students passing through the detectors. Also imagine the money parents would save not having to buy the latest trendiest clothing for their kids. Further more the individuals that cant learn should enjoy a suspension spending time doing community service 8 hours of the day at the county jail spending time looking at where he is destined to end up.
  • by Betty Location: Rockford on Oct 26, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    At least we won't have to cover his cost of free and reduced lunch and no fee classes for a while!
  • by Shannon Location: Roscoe on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:17 AM
    Unbeliveable! A 15 year old who has been in trouble multiple times for gun possession and is also a known gang member. Great combo there! Sounds like he has a bright future in prision! It amazes me at the lack of respect children have today for the law, teachers and adults alike. Children it seems have become as violent as adults. Maybe it's time for all schools to invest in installing metal detectors in every school at every door for the safety of the other children. It's not fair that any child should have to go to school being afraid. I hope they lock this loser up and make a good example out of him! He's obviously headed down a dark path.
  • by Darb on Oct 26, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    This piece of trash should be no where near any school. Sorry thug you are gone. He's a habitual offender at 15! Why would the school even give this piece of garbage a chance to hurt someone? Schools are not for gang members...hard labor boot camps are. We need the chain gangs back! I would demand all known gang members be shown he door before my child went back to any school.
  • by Not surprised Location: Rfd on Oct 26, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    Mayb parents with kids who have been in trouble w/guns etc b4 shud strip search them on their way out the door! Ol (
  • by Not surprised Location: Rfd on Oct 26, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    You can tell there is no parent involvement there. He's been in trouble b4 w/guns but hey no red flag there. I hope they expel him and lock him up with the rest of the animals b4 he kids someone!
  • by James Location: Rockford on Oct 26, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    Really? We allow known gang members in our schools? Come on folks, how stupid does leadership in this town have to get before people demand someone take a hard stance against this violence? Crack down!
  • by Tim Location: Rockford on Oct 26, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    Well that's a shocker...this person is a street gang member. Let's see, knowing the district's oh-so-tough discipline policy, this fine individual will probably get a 5 day vacation then be welcomed back to school (because he's really a good kid at heart), and eventually either near the school or someplace else, he'll have another gun and this time shoot someone. But hey, let's gloss over the facts. Let's turn the other cheek. Let's wait until he kills someone then defend him or stick his mother in front of the TV to say how she didn't know how he could do this. Band aids anyone?
  • by Not Surprised Location: Rockford on Oct 26, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    Lock the punk up for good and throw away the key.
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