- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

AURORA, Ill. (AP) - An 8th grader at a suburban Chicago middle school was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after a loaded handgun was found inside his locker.

The gun was discovered Monday afternoon in the 13-year-old’s locker at Washington Middle School in Aurora.

Authorities say a teacher became suspicious when she noticed a group of students milling around the boy’s locker. A search of the locker by the teacher and an administrator turned up the gun in a book bag.

Authorities say a preliminary investigation indicated the student brought the gun to school to show to friends. The weapon belongs to a family member.

The boy is being held in the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center in St. Charles and will appear Tuesday before a judge for a status hearing.

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