An 18-year-old Evanston Township High School student has been charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon after school officials say they found an unloaded handgun in his backpack.
Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the gun, an unloaded Walther P38 semi-automatic handgun, was discovered about 9:20 this morning by school officials. The police school resource officer assigned to ETHS took the student, identified as Martz R. Hill, of 605 Case Place, into custody.
In addition to the felony, he’s also been charged with a misdemeanor for not having a valid firearm owners identification card.
In an email to parents, School Superintendent Eric Witherspoon said no ammunition was found with the gun and that school officials have no knowledge of any threat or any danger to students or staff in connection with the incident.
He urged parents to encourage their students to report any suspicious activity to school officials or use the anonymous Text-A-Tip message service.