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UPDATE: Student Brings Hand Grenade to North Aurora School

A 12-year-old middle-school student from North Aurora was charged with disorderly conduct. Here's what happened.

Editor's note: This story was updated early Wednesday morning to include information from the school district.

A boy brought a grenade to his North Aurora middle school on Tuesday, prompting a swift response and police action.

North Aurora Police officers were dispatched to Jewel Middle School, 1501 Waterford Road, for a report that a student brought a hand grenade into the school. No students or staff members at the school were harmed in this incident.

Police were dispatched to the scene at about 9:11 a.m. Tuesday, according to a press release.

A student told school staff members that a 12-year-old male student brought a bomb to school in his bookbag, police said.

The staff placed the bookbag containing the grenade to the rear of the school in a field.

The officers summoned the Kane County Bomb Unit to the scene. The unit determined that the grenade had previously been rendered inoperable, the release said.

"The grenade was not in working condition as it was drilled out (i.e. no powder), so no one was ever in danger," said North Aurora Lt. Scott Buziecki in an e-mail.

Consequences

The North Aurora boy who brought the grenade was arrested and transported to the North Aurora Police Department for processing. He is charged with Disorderly Conduct and will be referred to Juvenile Court Services, police said.

In addition to the conduct charge, the student will receive school discipline, a West Aurora School District 129 spokesman told the Aurora Beacon-News.

Students and their parents are advised not to bring look-alike weapons to the school, the Beacon-News story said.

School staff "immediately" contacted Jewel Middle School parents and told them about the incident, the Daily Herald reports.

The school never went on lockdown because the bag was taken "a safe distance" away from the school while the students stayed inside, according to the Daily Herald story.

All persons arrested are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

If you have children that attend Jewel Middle School, please contact charles.menchaca@patch.com or share your thoughts on this incident in the comments below.

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