By Carlos Sadovi
6:16 PM CST, February 18, 2013
A 15-year-old boy was charged with trying to bring a handgun into a Northwest Side high school this morning, police said.
The incident happened at about 9 a.m. at Foreman High School, 3235 N. Leclaire Ave., police said.
The boy was with his mother as they were entering the school this morning, police said. The boy was asked to put his book bag into an X-ray detector but refused, police said.
After the boy was asked again to put the bag into the X-ray machine, he again refused. This time he tried to give the bag to his mother who refused to take it, police said.
After security officials became suspicious they took the bag, opened it and found an unloaded .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside, police said.
The boy was then put under arrest and charged as an adult with unlawful use of a weapon in a school zone, police said. The mother was not charged, police said.
The boy's name was not available. He is expected to appear in court on Tuesday, police said.
No one was injured and police were contacted, Chicago public schools spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler said in a statement.
“CPS does not tolerate the presence of any weapon of any kind on school property for the safety and security of our schools, students, staff and visitors," according to the statement. "School officials took the appropriate steps and contacted CPD. At no time were any students in jeopardy."
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