By Stephanie K. Baer
6:28 PM CDT, August 30, 2013
A lockdown today at a school in far west suburban Elburn has ended after a false report of a shooter near the school, police said Friday afternoon.
At 3:29 p.m., Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School was put on lockdown after a bus driver reported seeing a man wearing body armor and armed with a weapon, according to a statement from the Elburn Police Department.
Officers from the Elburn Police Department and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office responded to school and found three 13-year-old males two blocks south of the campus in a field, the statement said. Two of the teens had Airsoft pellet pistols and one teen was wearing a dark blue utility vest that resembled body armor.
The boys were taken into custody and brought to the Elburn Police Department for questioning, the statement said.
“We had an incident and it turned out to be benign,” said Elburn Police Officer Dave Wright. “Thank God it wasn’t an active shooter.”
The lockdown begun after the school day had ended, so there were not many people in the building, according to authorities. A school official said no one in the building was hurt and the lockdown had been lifted.
No charges are being filed, according to the police statement, and all three teens were released to their parents.
Freelance reporter Joseph Ruzich contributed.
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