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Fallen soldier display dropoff leads to weapon report at Marlowe Middle School

LAKE IN THE HILLS – Police responded to Huntley School District 158’s Marlowe Middle School on Thursday morning after a report that someone had brought a weapon into the school.

The so-called weapon turned out to be a replica military firearm that a uniformed veteran brought in for the fallen soldier display ahead of Friday’s Veterans Day ceremony, Principal Henry Soltesz said in a notice to parents.

The display consists of the replica firearm, a military helmet and dog tags. The replica weapon is not operable, and the display is kept behind locked doors, Soltesz said.

No one was ever in danger, and the school did not go into lockdown, he said. The delivery was planned, and school staff met with the veteran to facilitate the dropoff.

“While reports such as this can be startling, we are extremely heartened with the efforts of all involved in keeping our school safe, from alert members of the community to law enforcement officials,” Soltesz wrote in the notice.

Both Lake in the Hills and Huntley police responded to the school, 9625 Haligus Road, after the report, according to a Facebook post from the Lake in the Hills Police Department.

Marlowe Middle School was the subject of police activity several weeks ago when a student posted a threatening video on social media. The student since has been charged with a hate crime and disorderly conduct.

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