Police seize guns, explosive material from middle school student in Illinois

Wilmette Police Department headquarters in Wilmette, Illinois. (Photo: Wilmette Police Department/Facebook)

Police in a Chicago suburb seized loaded guns and explosive material from a middle school student over the weekend.

The Wilmette Police Department confirmed Sunday officers responded to the student’s home after his mother discovered two handguns, a shotgun and materials for explosive devices hidden inside his room. The Cook County Bomb Unit later conducted a sweep of Wilmette Junior High School “out of an abundance of caution,” Commander Mike Robinson said.

“There was no specific threat to the school or to students,” District Superintendent Ray Lechner said in a letter to parents sent over the weekend. “However, with an abundance of caution, a complete search of WJHS was conducted. Again, no concerns were identified. As a result, activities scheduled at WJHS (Sunday) evening were canceled. I am pleased to report that the search did not find any issues at all. WJHS will open normally (Monday).

Robinson told the Chicago Tribune the student’s family members legally owned the guns, but became alarmed upon finding the weapons hidden inside the child’s bedroom.

The child remains in a secured treatment facility and the parents will not face charges, according to Robinson.

“She did a wonderful job of calling the authorities right away,” Mary Lou Bleecker, a grandparent of a student who attends the junior high school, told a local CBS affiliate on Monday. “It’s just disappointing and I feel terrible for the family.”

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