15-year-old arrested for allegedly bringing gun to school despite metal detectors at entrance

(Video: WLS-TV)

As the corporate media narrative continues to promote infringements upon the Second Amendment in the wake of recent violent crimes, like the massacres in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, N.Y., cities with the strictest gun control laws repeatedly have their arguments pulled out from under them as happened Monday in Chicago when a 15-year-old walked into a high school with a gun.

Marie Sklodowska Curie Metropolitan High School is a magnet school in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district located in the Archer Heights neighborhood of the southwest portion of the city. On Monday, despite the school’s use of metal detectors at their entrance, a 15-year-old boy allegedly entered the school in possession of a firearm.

WLS-TV reported that officials at the school were not aware that the teen had entered the building with a gun until another student saw it and brought it to the administration’s attention. At that point, school officials immediately contacted the police who arrested the teen without further incident. Fox 32 added that the police had charged the student for his actions Monday, but no intent from the teen had been released.

Principal Homero Peñuelas, who has served in that capacity for nearly one year, stated during a special meeting held Thursday that measures would be taken to increase the safety at the high school, including additional cameras, alarms on doors and increased staffing.

Much like Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) plans to curb crime in the city, these reactionary measures fail to address the problem of how a 15-year-old obtained a firearm in the first place and what is wrong with the culture that he would be compelled to bring it with him to school.

The same day that the teen was being arrested for posing a risk to his peers, Lightfoot was at a ceremony honoring the more than 1,300 employees of the CPS Safe Passage program that places workers along routes to 163 schools in the city to ensure they are safe on their walk to and from school. The program was launched in 2009 and originally operated around 35 schools, according to WGN.

CPS CEO Pedro Martinez and Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown were also in attendance at the annual event that has boasted in the past of helping decrease crime and increase school attendance.

In a letter to parents, the principal wrote, “I am committed to ensuring a safe and positive environment at school, and I know that situations like this can be concerning for our community.”


Peñuelas tweeted out his school’s statement after the massacre at Robb Elementary School that read “No family should ever have to deal with the tragedy of losing a loved one to gun violence. Our hearts go out to the teachers, students, and families of Uvalde, Texas.”

Despite this tragedy and concern over potential copycats, the response remains a reactionary impulse to double-down on the same failed measures that did not work before.


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