Barrington Police responded about 10:35 a.m. Monday to a report of a student with a gun in the “lunchroom” according to early reports from at least one student at Barrington High School in northwest suburban Barrington. The report of a student with a gun was not initially confirmed by by police or school officials, but SWAT personnel were reported by witnesses to have responded to the school.
Later this morning officials released information that the student was initially discovered by a staff member with a weapon in a school bathroom. The police were called, searched the school, and the student was located with an unloaded handgun and ammunition in a backpack in a location that was not disclosed by authorities. The student was quickly apprehended, question to ensure that there were no accomplices, and transported off campus in police custody. The Barrington 220 School District reported the student was transported to Lake County Jail.
The student was placed in custody in a short time, but the lockdown remained in place as a precaution while police investigated to make sure there were no accomplices. The lockdown was lifted at 11:20 a.m.
As the incident began, Barrington 220 School District on their official Facebook page reported the following at about 10:55 AM …
“Barrington High School is on a hard lockdown as a precaution after a report of suspicious activity in the building. All students and staff are safely in classrooms and following all safety protocols. This incident does not involve an intruder. The Barrington Police Department is on-site and assisting administration in this matter.”