Student Found with Gun at East High School; Placed on Lockdown

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A Stateline student is in custody tonight after bringing a gun to school.

Several of you tipped us off on Facebook that East High School was on a hard lockdown this morning.

Here's what happened: school leaders tell us a parent called and claimed a student was armed.

Police Officers were called in and the weapon was found without incident. The student is a minor so no name has been released at this time.

Rockford Police tell us the unnamed 16-year-old male is being charged with unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm, and posseion of a stolen firearm.

Harlem High School was also placed on lockdown today because of a report of shots fired nearby; however, school officials tell us the reports were unfounded and it was done as a precaution.


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  • by George Location: Mt. Morris on May 17, 2012 at 09:10 PM
    I thought Rockford schools have metal detectors to walk through, or is it just Chicago schools that can afford that luxury?
  • by east parent Location: rockford on May 17, 2012 at 03:07 PM
    East & Jefferson has been having alot of Lockdowns don't remember back in the days none of this ever happening I guess it's time for metal detector's at the doors
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      by mom on May 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM in reply to east parent
      east parent, I am also an East High parent. i don't know about Jefferson but at East there have only been 2 lockdowns at East this year. This one and the one a couple weeks ago that had NOTHING to do within the school. It was because of a shooting at the Mobile Station on Broadway, only done for the kids saftey. My student is a jr. and we have been very pleased with East high.
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      by Anonymous on May 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM in reply to east parent
      I am 50 and there was a full time cop at Jefferson when I went there.
  • by Dave Location: Rockford on May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM
    This little brat should never be aloud to enter ANY school again. Private or public. Parents should sustrain the cost of home schooling and pay for resources used to deal with this snot nosed brat. Kids do not even know what a fist fight is anymore. They are afraid to man it up so they go get a gun or knife. Kid is nothing but a punk.
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      by East Student on May 18, 2012 at 08:43 AM in reply to Dave
      Funny part about it is you don't even know the story. Plus you don't know the person. Quick to judge somebody by what you read on the news. Plus the gun wasn't met for a fight.
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        by Dave on May 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM in reply to East Student
        Hey Pea brain. "gun at school" end of story. Do not need to know the punk, the parent that does not lock up or trigger guard a handgun or anything other than a punk brouight a gun to school. Please in all of your infinate wisdom east student tell me what is OK about any of it. Also tell me the "funny" part of the story???? Is that the part where he shoots himself?
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        by Brains on May 18, 2012 at 07:53 PM in reply to East Student
        Duh -What you fail to realize is ...GUNS are illegal in school. It does not matter what the reasoning is. And yes the parents should suffer then more parents will actually care about what their kids are doing. I take full responsibility for my childrens actions.
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        by Really? on May 19, 2012 at 03:57 AM in reply to East Student
        I hope your brain does represent all of East. You can't really be that stupid.
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        by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 08:11 AM in reply to East Student
        Pea brain. Idiot.
  • by Neighbor on May 17, 2012 at 09:49 AM
    Harlem students were blowing things up jn chem lab and a neighbor was concerned and called 911.
  • by hew Location: JDcounty on May 17, 2012 at 09:43 AM
    As a kid, I had a few excuses to get a day off school but never anything as disruptive as this. Suspend the kid for 1 year and charge the parents for costs the event caused.
  • by Steven Location: Rockford on May 17, 2012 at 09:40 AM
    Given the way that part of town is failing, he probably needs the gun for self defense...
  • by Uncle Red Location: The War Zone on May 17, 2012 at 09:38 AM
    Do we need to guess what the "Usual Suspect" in this deal is? It shouldn't be too hard to figure out.
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