PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria High School was on lockdown Wednesday morning, April 7, after an unloaded gun was brought inside the building.
Peoria Public Schools spokesperson Thomas Bruch sent an email to families clarifying that the school went on lockdown due to “an incident involving an unloaded gun inside the building.”
Bruch said no one was injured during the incident and all students are safe at this time.
A parent near the scene on Wednesday says it was her 16-year-old child that had the weapon pointed at them which they later wrestled away.
She says an ongoing dispute involving her child and their friends and another group of individuals may have led to Wednesday’s events.
“People don’t have remorse for life anymore. So therefore, I’m just glad that my baby is ok and I just told him I don’t care what the situation is, don’t ever take a gun from nobody again—- Even though it was unloaded, it’s just the fact that it was a gun,” said Shondrica Farmer, parent of Peoria High student.
Amy Dotson, spokesperson for the Peoria Police Department, reported the lock-down was lifted at 12:05 p.m.
Dotson confirmed that it was a 14-year-old child that pulled an unloaded gun on a 16-year-old student.
Police later confirmed that the gun was stolen. The 14-year-old was arrested for Unlawful Use of a
Weapon on School Grounds, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Aggravated Assault, and Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds.
The 14-year-old student has been transported to the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center.