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Potential weapon brought to Joliet football camp under investigation

JOLIET – Police are investigating a report of a student who brought a gun to summer football camp at Joliet Township High School Central.

Joliet Police Lt. Brian Dupuis said Thursday police were notified several days after the incident allegedly occurred at the end of July and began interviewing students. Central Football Coach Brett Boyter said he was informed of the incident after the police investigation began.

"The student involved has not been out here with us all this week," Boyter said Thursday from the field during a team practice. Boyter declined to identify the student or comment further.

Joliet Township High School District 204 released a statement Thursday saying a "student is alleged to have brought a weapon or look-a-like weapon to practice and showed it to other members of the football team."

Police were told the weapon was either a handgun or BB gun, Dupuis said.

Will County State's Attorney Spokesman Charles Pelkie said the incident is under review, but no criminal charges were pending as of Thursday.

If there is evidence to confirm the allegation, appropriate discipline will be administered following school board policy on student discipline, according to the district's news release.

"This incident is a good reminder that safety is everyone’s responsibility and that students should immediately report any safety or security incidents that are seen or heard to staff or call the School Violence Tip Line at 1-800-477-0024," the district said in its statement. "The safety and well-being of our students, their families and our staff is our first priority."

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