Evanston Police announced Thursday afternoon that an 18-year-old Evanston Township High School student faces two charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in connection with a Wednesday incident.

Police said a school resource officer at ETHS began a weapons offense investigation on Wednesday afternoon, when school officials received a tip that a student was reportedly carrying a loaded handgun on school property. At that time, ETHS safety staff took the student to the dean’s office, according to a Thursday EPD news release.

“While checking the inside of [the student’s] upper pant leg area, the SRO felt a handgun,” the news release said. “The SRO was able to retrieve the handgun, a Taurus G3 9mm loaded with 12 rounds, without incident.”

Police then arrested the student and took him to the EPD station for an investigation, the release said. Police said the student did not have a Firearm Owners’ Identification (FOID) card, leading to the first weapons charge. The second charge resulted from the student being under 21 while allegedly possessing a handgun.

“The investigation did not reveal plans for a school shooting or an act of violence against students or staff,” police said. “There were no injuries in connection with this incident.”

The state’s attorney’s office reviewed the case and approved the two charges against the student, who is scheduled to appear in Cook County bond court today.

Representatives for the Police Department and ETHS did not respond to questions from the RoundTable asking if the incident triggered a school lockdown.

In a community notice published late Wednesday afternoon, Superintendent Marcus Campbell said he and other school officials had “been in touch with the student’s family regarding any appropriate disciplinary action.”

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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  1. I’m so happy and reassured that the young man had no intent to harm anyone. The leadership of this city from the mayor down to the school board should be replaced for their incompetence. When are the people of Evanston going to wake up to what is going on right in front of their faces?