Rockford Police say a 14-year-old student was arrested shortly after Auburn was locked down Wednesday morning.
Officers responded to the school just after 11:00 a.m. after a school administrator said he saw a student with a handgun. The school was put on soft lockdown while officers searched for the student. However, it became apparent that he had left the campus.
Winnebago County Sheriff's deputies went to the student's residence but didn't get an answer.
The lockdown was lifted at 12:15 p.m. and officers continued to search neighborhoods for the student. About 20 minutes later, police say he was seen at the intersection of Pierpont and School street. Officers say he told them he was on his way back to school.
The student was placed into custody and police say a BB/pellet gun was found in his possession.
The student was charged with disorderly conduct and daytime curfew violation.
The BB gun was not loaded and the student didn't give police a reason for having it at school.
Rockford Public Schools Auburn High School is on lockdown. It issued this statement:
"Auburn High School is in lockdown this morning as part of an ongoing police investigation. Students and staff remain safe. We will send another notification when the lockdown is lifted."
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