14-year-old arrested in Auburn High School BB gun incident

Online Staff Report

A 14-year-old male student was arrested Wednesday, April 16, after police say he brought a BB gun into Auburn High School.

The incident unfolded shortly after 11 a.m., when an Auburn student advised a school administrator that he saw a specific student in possession of a handgun. Administrators then put the school on a soft lockdown and began a search for the student.

The school was searched and it was determined that the student had left the building. During the search, Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the student’s residence but did not get an answer at the door.

The lockdown was lifted at 12:15 p.m., while officers continued to search the neighborhoods surrounding the school. At 12:36 p.m., the Auburn High School resource officer located the student walking at the corner of Pierpont Avenue and School Street, where the student was arrested. Police say the student was in possession of a weapon that was determined to be a BB/pellet gun. The gun was not loaded and the student did not provide a reason for having it inside the school.

The student was transported to Winnebago Juvenile Detention Center and charged with disorderly conduct and daytime curfew violation.


Details unclear about Auburn High School lockdown

Online Staff Report

The lockdown at Rockford Auburn High School Wednesday, April 16, has been lifted, District 205 officials confirmed.

While details are sketchy, the Rockford Police shift commander told The Rock River Times at approximately 11:50 a.m., that the situation at Auburn involved a soft lockdown and an arrest. However, the officer did not have details about whether an arrest was made inside or outside the building.

Subsequent calls to police for further comment were referred to Rockford Public School District 205 officials, who attempted to refer the inquiry back to the Rockford Police Department.

As of this report, The Rock River Times is waiting for details from school district officials to confirm that an arrest was made at the high school.

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