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Student Arrested With Toy Gun at ETHS (Updated)

Police charged a 19-year-old student with disorderly conduct after school officials discovered that he had brought a plastic toy gun on school property.

A 19-year-old Evanston Township High School student was arrested yesterday after school officials discovered he had a plastic toy gun, according to police. 

Adel Mohammed Sobhi, of the 800 block of Mulford Street, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, Police Cmdr. Jason Parrott said.

Around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a student told ETHS security staff that there might be a student with a gun on campus, according to a press release from the police department. ETHS security called the Evanston Police Department, which sent juvenile detectives to investigate the situation. They did not find an actual firearm, but discovered that Sobhi had a toy pistol that looks like a real weapon, according to police. 

“It was determined by police that at no time was there any risk regarding safety to students or school staff,” Parrott said in the press release. 

In a letter to parents posted on the district website, Supt. Eric Witherspoon said that the student would also face disciplinary action within the school. 

“While this was not an actual weapon, any report of an alleged weapon at school or on school property is considered serious and will not be tolerated,” Witherspoon said in the letter. “Please encourage your student to report any suspicious activity to school officials, or to use the ETHS or EPD anonymous Text-a-Tip message lines.

Editor's Note: This story was updated with more information from the Evanston Police Department shortly after publication.

Aimee December 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Why is there a 19 year-old student in high school? At that age they are considered to be an adult. I was 17 when I graduated high school. Is this legal?
Jim Osburn December 21, 2012 at 09:49 PM
So the Evanston PD had, "sent juvenile detectives to investigate..." I would much prefer that they send Professional Detectives on missions that could result in death or injury and lay the city out for a lawsuit or two. Remember, toy guns do not kill people, people in panic mode kill people..
millie December 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM
DID any one know it was a toy until the police arrived?

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