Prosecutors: Boy brings gun into school week after brother threatened to shoot teacher

Tribune reporter

Bond was set at $150,000 today for a 15-year-old boy charged as an adult with bringing a handgun into a Northwest Side high school earlier this week.

Jevontay Brady, of the 1600 block of North Lotus Avenue, is charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon in a school zone, a felony.

Jevontay’s brother was suspended from school the week before for threatening to shoot a teacher, prosecutors said Wednesday.

According to a police report, Jevontay told investigators he found the gun last week and put it in his book bag.

The incident happened at about 9 a.m. Monday at Foreman High School, 3235 N. Leclaire Ave., authorities said. The boy was with his mother as they were entering the school that morning. Jevontay was asked to put his book bag into an X-ray detector but refused, prosecutors said.

After the boy was asked again to put the bag into the X-ray machine, he again refused. This time he tried to give the bag to his mother who refused to take it, according to prosecutors.

After security officials became suspicious they took the bag, opened it and found an unloaded .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside, according to authorities.

Jevontay was then put under arrest and charged as an adult with unlawful use of a weapon in a school zone, police said. The mother was not charged, police said.

No one was injured and police were contacted, Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler said in a statement.

“CPS does not tolerate the presence of any weapon of any kind on school property for the safety and security of our schools, students, staff and visitors," according to the statement. "School officials took the appropriate steps and contacted CPD. At no time were any students in jeopardy."

Tribune reporters Carlos Sadovi and Rosemary Regina Sobol contributed.

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