An OPRF High School student was arrested Wednesday morning for having a weapon on school grounds.

The boy, whom school officials did not identify, was arrested for having an unloaded BB gun at school.

OPRF staff allegedly heard rumors that the student had brought a weapon to school and searched the student, at which point they found the weapon.

The Oak Park Police Department’s on-site school resource officer then arrested the student and brought him to the Oak Park Police Station, where he was charged with disorderly conduct.

“No students or staff members were in danger at any time, and the matter was handled outside the view or knowledge of other students,” a letter to high school families said. “While we understand that this incident may cause alarm, please know that the safety and welfare of our students and staff is always our top priority.”

OPRF High School spokeswoman Kay Foran said the student will go through the school’s discipline process, but the student might be disciplined for possession of a weapon — possibly a class 4 penalty.

The penalty for that could possibly include a five- to 10-day suspension.

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