Evanston police say a student who took a toy pistol to Evanston Township High School has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Evanston police say a student who took a toy pistol to Evanston Township High School has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

The student, identified by police as Adel Mohammed Sobhi, 19, of 818 Mulford St., was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon by polilce and school security officials after a student reported seeing a student with what appeared to be a gun in the building.

Police say the student apparently never had a real gun at the school and there was no threat to the safety of students or staff at the school.

Sobhi is scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 1:30 p.m. on Jan 22 and is also facing disciplinary action by the school.

Top: An image, provided by police, of the toy pistol recovered from the student.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Good question…19 years of

    Good question…19 years of poor decisions may have something to do with it. Not a good idea to have 19 year olds attending school with 14 year olds. If you didn't get it done by 17-18, then you should be compelled to move to another venue.

  2. Toy pistol Issue

    Your question raised as to why a 19 year old is in high school is a legitimate question.  However, keep in mind that if your birthday falls after the cut-off date for entering school, you can be 19 when you graduate or very close to it.  My concern is not about the age, but the fact that at that age you would bring something like that to school, even if it was meant as a joke, this is truly not the day and age to do such a thing.  Yes, a poor choice on his part.

    1. Violence in schools—security

      This would not make parents happy, but perhaps the best strategy is for the schools and security people to devise their security plans and not make them public–even to families.

      I'm not advoctating the armed security officers or gun carry but the logic used is if criminals and potential shooters don't know what  security is there, they will not be able to plan around it.

      Reporters, concerned citizens and other make public suggestions or tell of security, that criminals use.  The reporters and even police reveal too much about security and how they track criminals, where 'watches' are, etc.  The criminals listen.

      Mentally disturbed probably won't pay attention but opportunity criminals do.

      1. re – Violence in schools—security

        There are two kinds of securitythat are present here-

        Internal – where a threat of violence come from within.

        External – the threat comes from outside.

        The internal threat (like this one) becomes less depending on the culture of the school. Are problems dealt with quickly and effectively? Is there a culture of silence when students see something? When there are thousands of eyes, it's hard to hide anything.

        The external threat is addressed by the locked doors, screening of visitors, "lock down" drills, etc.    A better advertising of the rapid police response might  be a bigger deterrent than a list of specific plans of the school.

  3. Actually, the special

    Actually, the special education students can remain in school until their 22nd birthday. I'd like to know who the idiot was that came up with that law!

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