A 13-year-old boy charged with bringing a gun to a Southeast Side elementary school was released to his mother's custody Thursday over the objections of Cook County prosecutors.
The boy must adhere to a 6 p.m. curfew before his Feb. 26 trial before Juvenile Court Judge Andrew Berman, according to Cook County State's Attorney's office spokesman Andy Conklin.
The gun was discovered Wednesday after another student, 12, was spotted throwing bullets on the playground at John L. Marsh Elementary School in the 9800 block of South Exchange, Conklin said.
Administrators and security at the school were alerted about 1 p.m. Wednesday, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.
The 12-year-old told a school worker that he got the bullets from the 13-year-old, Conklin said.
School officials found a 3-inch folding knife in the 13-year-old's pocket and when they asked if he had more weapons, he said he did in his locker, Conklin said.
An assistant principal and school security guard searched the locker and found an unloaded .22 caliber revolver and 33 hollowed rounds, Conklin said. The boy said he got the gun from "upstairs in
his grandfather's," according to prosecutors.
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