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Student brings grenade to North Aurora middle school

Updated: March 22, 2012 10:28PM

NORTH AURORA — A 12-year-old North Aurora student was charged Tuesday morning with bringing a hand grenade into Jewel Middle School.

Some students told their teachers that the 12-year-old brought the grenade to school in his bookbag, and school officials notified North Aurora police at about 9 a.m.

The hand grenade was carried outdoors a safe distance away from the building at 1501 Waterford Drive.

North Aurora police and the Kane County Bomb Squad responded to the call. The grenade was found to have been rendered inoperable, according to police.

The district has had other incidents of look-alike weapons brought to school, even though parents and students are told not to at the beginning of the year, West Aurora School District spokesman Mike Chapin said.

The student who brought the grenade will face discipline from the school as well as disorderly conduct charges, Chapin said.

“The discipline is pretty strong,” he said.

Parents of Jewel Middle School students were notified of the incident by school officials, Chapin said.

School officials also thanked the students who informed their teachers.

“They did the right thing,” Chapin said.

The 12-year-old was taken to the North Aurora Police Department and will be referred to Juvenile Court Services.

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