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Crime & Courts

Bolingbrook student arrested with BB gun

BOLINGBROOK — Police say a 14-year-old boy threatened a teacher with a BB gun Thursday morning at Bolingbrook High School.

Bolingbrook Police Lt. Mike Rompa said about 8:22 a.m. the student "confronted a teacher about a grade he received" then made the threats while inside a classroom.

Principal Michael White told the Chicago Tribune that the incident happened during a math class and the student asked the teacher for a grade change before pointing a BB gun at the teacher.

The Tribune reported the student believed the gun to be real. After he fled the classroom, White told the Tribune he and other staff found the boy in a bathroom, holding the gun to his neck as if he was going to shoot himself. White told the Tribune he talked the student into putting down the gun.

"Officers were able to determine the student acted alone," Rompa said. "The school was then checked by police and the lockdown was lifted."

In a posting on the Valley View School District website, Superintendent James Mitchem said the incident lasted about 6 minutes, and no students or staff were harmed.

"We want to assure you that the safety of students and staff is our number one priority and every precaution was taken," he said in the statement. "Additional supports will be provided for students and staff at Bolingbrook High School and at all other district schools as needed."

Officers questioned the student at the police station before he was charged with felony disorderly conduct and aggravated assault. The boy was ordered held at the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center.

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