Updated: March 7, 2012 1:23AM
A 12-year-old suburban North Aurora student was charged Tuesday with bringing a hand grenade into Jewel Middle School.
Some students told their teachers that the boy brought the grenade to school in his bookbag, and school officials notified North Aurora police around 9 a.m.
The grenade was found to have been rendered inoperable, according to police.
North Aurora police and the Kane County Bomb Squad responded to the call.
The district has had other incidents of look-alike weapons brought to school, even though parents and students are told not to at the beginning of the year, West Aurora School District spokesman Mike Chapin said.
The student who brought the grenade will face discipline from the school as well as disorderly conduct charges, Chapin said.
“The discipline is pretty strong,” he said.
The 12-year-old was taken to the North Aurora Police Department and will be referred to Juvenile Court Services.