Evanston Township High School. Credit: Evanston RoundTable

A student described by police as “an adult male” at Evanston Township High School was arrested and remains in custody after allegedly bringing a loaded gun to school Wednesday, according to police and a statement posted to the school website late in the afternoon.

Evanston Police Department spokesperson Commander Ryan Glew gave few details about the arrest but told the RoundTable it is expected the department will provide more information – and possibly announce charges against the student – on Thursday.

The student, who was taken into police custody “without incident,” Glew said, has not yet been charged.

But school officials and police said they have no reason to believe that the possession of the gun was indicative of a bigger plot or threat to hurt students or officials at ETHS. The school’s online announcement read: “School officials have no knowledge of any threat or any danger to students or staff due to the report of the gun.”

Glew also said in his email that “the recovered firearm was not being used in the commission of another crime.” And EPD’s preliminary investigation found no evidence of a planned school shooting or any intended targets.

The school’s notice describes how the incident unfolded, saying that someone at ETHS acting via the school’s acknowledge, care, tell,” ACT program, which is designed to encourage students to report unsafe conditions or situations, told ETHS officials that the student had a gun. Police were called.

An ETHS spokesperson did not immediately respond to questions from the RoundTable. The school’s announcement stated that ETHS administrators “have been in touch with the student’s family regarding any appropriate disciplinary action.”

In an email message to the RoundTable, Glew said the police launched an investigation, and arrested the student, who Glew called “an adult male.”

Police would not answer any other questions the RoundTable posed, including:

  • When ETHS officials became aware of the student in possession of a gun.
  • Where the student was when he was arrested and what time.
  • If ETHS officials declared a lockdown at the school as a result.
  • What type of gun the student had and how he obtained it. Glew said he did not “have enough details to comment” on the gun.

Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...

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