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13-year-old boy brought gun to school, parents meet to discuss

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Chicago police were called to John Marsh Elementary School in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on Wednesday. When detectives arrived they found a student with a gun and bullets in his book back, stowed away in his locker. Fox 32 News has learned police also found a knife in that same student's pocket.

A meeting between parents and the school's principal is scheduled for Friday morning at 8 a.m. to discuss the incident.

SEE: Marsh parents call for tighter security after boy brought gun to school

Playing with bullets during recess yesterday is how staff at John Marsh Elementary School discovered a seventh grader had a gun and ammunition on campus. The startling find was made Wednesday afternoon. Some parents want to know why they found out Thursday morning.

"They should have let parents know since the beginning," said Yvonne Rodriguez.

Thursday afternoon, Rodriguez and others received a letter from the principal detailing tighter security plans including metal detectors and mandatory picture IDs. Fox 32 News has learned the 13 year old found his grandfather's gun and brought it to school. Rodriguez says the problem is much deeper.

"Supposedly he was being bullied and he got tired of it," said Rodriguez.

Chicago Public Schools says the principal is investigating that claim.

Sylvia Campos says she noticed the new security measures Thursday morning.

"Different than the norm they finally used the metal detectors," said Campos.

When asked if the metal detectors have always been at John Marsh Elementary School but not used, Campos responded, "The metal detector, there's only one. Yes. And I found out they had wands which we never saw or heard of before."

CPS says, "Each school has to tailor its safety strategies to best suit the individual needs of the school in order to promote a positive learning environment for their students. Schools must do so while also balancing a welcoming environment with one that is also secure."

In a statement, CPS Spokesperson Marielle Sainvilus says, "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. School officials took the appropriate steps of notifying CPD, who then took immediate action at the school. This is an isolated incident."

Nancy Barriga says it's a scary incident on the heels of the Newtown tragedy.

"To have it so close to home, it's not comparable, but just the fact that there was a weapon in the school is very stressful," said Barriga.

The student appeared in juvenile court Thursday morning and is charged with a felony count of possessing a weapon on school property and a misdemeanor count for unlawful use of a weapon.

Fox 32 news has learned a judge released the child to his mother's custody Thursday morning.

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