Oak Park middle school student found with 'fake' gun


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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Two students at Julian Middle School were arrested, Nov. 17, and charged with aggravated assault for displaying weapons, police said.

On the afternoon of Nov. 16, two fifth-graders and a first-grader were approached by a 14-year-old boy on the playground at Longfellow School, 715 S. Highland Ave. The boy began calling the other kids' names, and wouldn't stop when one of the fifth-graders asked to be left alone, police said. The boy then displayed a large knife and walked towards the fifth-grader, who called his parents. The next day, the school called police. The boy was also charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

Another Julian student was caught with a cap gun-like weapon in school, according to an email from the school's principal.

"We received information during lunchtime today that one of our students was in possession of an item that resembled a gun," said Principal Victoria Sharts in an email that went out around 4 p.m., Nov. 17. Sharts said the student showed the weapon to other students before it was confiscated.

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