Youth Arrested In Mercer County Junior High Gun Incident Now Under Home Detention

It was May 11th when a Mercer County Junior High student was arrested for bringing an unloaded gun to school. He was in custody at the Mary Davis Detention Home in Galesburg up until today when he was placed under strict home confinement conditions, including no electronics, no going outside and random calls by law enforcement to check on his status. The court also ordered the youth to call the probation department three times a day during certain hours, according to Mercer County State’s Attorney Meeghan Lee. If he fails to comply with the conditions, he will be returned to Mary Davis. The student was arrested after a routine search uncovered the 32-caliber handgun in his locker. It was not displayed and no threats were made. The minor has officially been charged with unlawful use of a weapon at school. Lee indicated previously the family had the gun locked, but the youth was able to somehow unlock it through a keypad. Final disposition of the case will be discussed at a pre-trial conference on July 10th.