Police Chief Richard Eddington says the Evanston Township High School student who claimed he’d been threated with a gun outside the school Friday afternoon now has confessed he made the story up.

Eddington says the two police officers assigned to the high school spoke to several other students who were at the back of the school at the time the incident allegedly occurred there. All said they did not see anyone matching the description of the assailants described by the student.

Police and school security officials, Eddington says, also reviewed video of the scene and saw nobody matching the description provided by the alleged victim.

And, he says nicknames the alleged victim provided of his alleged assailants didn’t match any in the department’s database of people officers have had prior contact with.

Eddington says the alleged victim has been known to fabricate stories in the past.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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