3 teens taken into custody, released to parents
KANELAND—Three 13-year-old boys were taken into custody on Friday afternoon when police responded to a report of someone armed with a firearm and wearing body armor seen near Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School just after school let out.
A school bus driver had noticed a “suspicious looking person” near the corn field near the school and following the district’s safety procedures, used the radio system to notify the transportation director of the incident. Calls were then placed to 911.
According to a memo on the Kaneland District website, most of the students were already on the buses ready to depart school. Following emergency procedures, the principal called for a lock down for any student or staff member that was still in the school, so they would remain safely in the school.
Elburn Police, along with a number of other police departments in the surrounding area, were dispatched to the school at 3:29 p.m., where they found the three teens in a field two blocks south of the school. Two of the boys were in possession of Air Soft pellet pistols and one was wearing a dark blue utility vest that resembled body armor.
Airsoft guns are air powered ballistic projectors that replicate real fire arms and fire plastic pellets They are typically used for recreation and professional training.
The boys were taken into custody and questioned by Elburn police. After consulting with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office, no charges were filed and the boys were released to their parents. No further investigation will be conducted.
When police arrived at the school, they gave permission for the buses to depart. Also, according to the Kaneland memo, at about 3:50 p.m. the police notified the principal that the area was safe and that any remaining students and staff in the building could be released.
According to an Elburn Police press release, no one was in danger at any time.
“We appreciate the diligence of the transportation and building personnel to help ensure the safety of all students and staff, as safety remains our number one priority,” Schuler stated in a Kaneland memo.