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Updated 10/23/13. On Oct. 18, a student reported to police that he was leaving Evanston Township High School through the rear of the building at approximately 4 p.m. when he was approached by two adult males whom he knew. He told police that one of the men displayed the butt of a handgun he had in his pants, called him a name and told him to meet them in the 1600 block of Main Street for a fight, said Commander Diane Davis of the Evanston Police Department. The student reported that he walked away from the two men, and the men fled.

In a subsequent interview with school officials and police officers on Oct. 21, the student said no weapon had been displayed, but he adhered to the balance of the story, the Commander said. The student said he made up the part about a gun being shown because he thought if he went to fight the men, they would have a gun, the Commander added.

Police Chief Richard Eddington told the RoundTable that the student has at times embellished stories. He added that police interviewed students who were at the back of the school at the time of the incident and reviewed video surveillance and did not see any evidence of a gun being displayed and did not see any evidence that the incident occurred. He said police have concluded the charges are not bona fide.

Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...