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Boy, 15, allegedly had loaded gun in elementary school

Updated: April 1, 2014 5:08PM

A 15-year-old boy was allegedly caught with a loaded gun at a South Side elementary Chicago Public school after the principal found out two students had been taking pictures with the weapon in the bathroom.

Authorities found a .38 caliber revolver with three live rounds in Leon Bell Jr.’s backpack, at Mollison Elementary School late Monday afternoon, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Robert Mack said.

Bell, of 4700 block of South Indiana, allegedly admitted he knew the gun was in his backpack.

It was unclear whether Bell was one of the students taking the pictures with the gun at the school, 4415 S. King Drive.

CPS spokesman Joel Hood said Mollison is one of dozens of CPS schools with a “Safe Passage” route that ensures that students arrive to and from school safely.

Bell was previously found delinquent as a juvenile for armed robbery and theft.

He also was arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespass in 2012.

Bell has been charged as an adult for this week’s arrest.

On Tuesday, Bell was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail for unlawful use of a weapon on school grounds.

“The appropriate discipline will be assigned to the student, and CPS will continue to be vigilant around creating positive, safe learning environments at all schools for teachers, students, and staff,” CPS officials said in a statement.


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