A Naperville Central High School student was recently charged with bringing several knives to school, and appeared at a detention hearing Wednesday morning November 15, 2017. Judge Robert Anderson ordered the male juvenile suspect to home detention, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Naperville police Chief Robert Marshall.
Marshall said actions “that threaten the security of a school or cause people to fear for their safety are inexcusable and will not be tolerated.” He also commended the student who reported the incident.
Officials said a Naperville Central student told the school resource officer Tuesday that another student had a knife, and an investigation revealed that the student had one knife on him and three more in his backpack at school.
The male defendant’s next court date is scheduled for December 1, 2017 in front of Judge Michael Wolfe.
“Schools are not a place for weapons of any type,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin said in a joint news release published on the Naperville police department’s Facebook page. “Teachers can’t teach and students can’t learn if they are worried for their personal safety while at school. I would like to commend the student who came forward and alerted authorities to what was perceived as a threat to students’ safety. I would like to thank the authorities at Naperville Central High School as well as the Naperville Police Department for bringing this matter to our attention. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Louisa Nuckolls for her efforts on this case.”
The recent weapons incident follows an incident on Tuesday October 3, 2017, when a student brought an unloaded handgun to Naperville Central High School. The gun was discovered after a teacher contacted a dean to report that a student was acting suspiciously. The student was removed from class and met with a dean.
Naperville School District 203’s student discipline policy rules state that a student who brings a weapon to school or a school-sponsored event or activity “shall be expelled for a period of not less than one year.” The district policy also specifies the school board can expel a student for a weapons violation for no more than two years.
Privacy rules prevent public discussion of student discipline by officials.
Naperville police reminded members of the public that complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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