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Aurora police, school officials probing gun at school

By TIM TROGLEN Reporter Published: June 28, 2017 1:00 AM
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AURORA -- Police and school officials are investigating a report that a gun was brought to Aurora High sometime before classes let out earlier this month.

Police Chief Brian Byard confirmed June 20 that a gun had been brought to one of the schools by a student who wanted to sell it to another student before school let out.

However, the chief would not comment on the type of gun or who brought it to school, because of the ongoing investigation. The chief did say that no one had been charged as of that date.

After an email was sent to the district June 20 by the Advocate, the district released a statement about the situation.

"The high school administrators were informed after the conclusion of the school year [initial information came from the police department] that an incident occurred at Aurora High that involved students who were in possession of a gun on school property," according to the press release from the district's communications manager Stacey Deanna.

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"This incident is still under investigation by Aurora school district administrators. The district is cooperating and working with the Aurora police during this investigation."

The release further stated that "as juveniles, no further details regarding the students can be released." The students involved are facing "significant disciplinary consequences as a result of this incident," the release added.

"The safety of our students and staff is, as always, of our utmost concern," said Superintendent Pat Ciccantelli.

"We are very diligent in making our schools safe and therefore these students will be given the maximum penalty allowable for any transgressions they are found to have committed. I cannot stress enough that this type of illegal behavior will not be tolerated in our school district under any circumstances."


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