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Student charged with taking pellet gun to school

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URBANA — A 16-year-old Urbana High School student is lodged in a juvenile detention facility today, charged with three misdemeanors after he allegedly took an unloaded pellet gun to school with him.

School officials alerted officers of the Urbana Police Department police to the situation about 10 a.m. Monday.

“Officers responded to the school immediately and assisted the high school administrators, whom had already secured the suspected student within the principal’s office,” according to a police press release.

“The student admitted to officials he was in fact armed with a pellet gun which officers found to be unloaded upon removing and securing it from the student.”

The male student has been charged with illegal conveyance or possession of a weapon onto school grounds and inducing panic, first-degree misdemeanors; and disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Administrators were initially made aware of the pellet gun by a concerned student, according to a school letter that was sent home with students Monday. The suspect, whom police and school officials have yet to identify, will face disciplinary action from the school in addition to his criminal charges.

The suspect will appear in an Urbana juvenile court later this week. 

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