Chicago school closed after break-in

April 14, 2008 3:00:41 PM PDT
Officials with Chicago Public Schools closed a South Side high school on Monday because of "security concerns" after an armed break-in on campus over the weekend.A statement from CPS says two male teenagers used a gun to break into DuSable High School on Sunday. Authorities arrested the teenagers. But they didn't recover the weapon which was seen on surveillance video.

"First and foremost is the safety of our students. If there would happen to be a weapon, we certainly would not want students to take any chance of any student picking up that weapon," said Cynthia Barron, CPS. "And then, of course, it's much easier to do a real thorough check without students in the building."

When the weapon wasn't located, some classes were canceled and others were held at different locations. The campus houses several different schools.

Officials say the teens aren't students at the school and there was "minor damage" to the building.

Classes were cancelled Monday at the DuSable Leadership Academy of Betty Shabazz International Charter School.

Students who attend Bronzeville Scholastic Institute and the Daniel Hale Williams Prep had school Monday. Their classes were held at the Vacant Farren School building.

Chicago police officers are investigating the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.


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