Naperville Central High School Student Charged with Bringing Knives to School
Press release originally disseminated by the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Robert Marshall announced today that a Naperville Central High School student has been charged with bringing several knives to school. The juvenile appeared at a detention hearing this morning where Judge Robert Anderson ordered him to home detention.
On November 14, 2017, a student at Naperville Central High School alerted the school resource officer to another student who allegedly possessed a knife while at the school. An investigation conducted by the school resource officer and school authorities revealed that the student allegedly was in possession of one knife on his person and three additional knives in his backpack while on school grounds.
“Schools are not a place for weapons of any type,” Berlin said. “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.”
“All students and staff deserve to have safe schools in which to learn and work,” said Chief Marshall. “Actions such as this that threaten the security of a school or cause people to fear for their safety are inexcusable and will not be tolerated. I, too, would like to commend the student who reported this incident and thank the staffs at both Naperville Central High School and the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their cooperation and diligence in this case.”
The defendant’s next court date is scheduled for December 1, 2017 in front of Judge Michael Wolfe.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is 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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