14-year-old Charged with Shooting at Ill. School

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NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- A 14-year-old boy faces 16 felony charges after authorities accused him of firing gunshots into the ceiling at a central Illinois high school before a teacher tackled him.

 

A public defender entered a not guilty plea for the boy during a juvenile court hearing on Monday. The boy is charged with multiple counts of unlawful restraint and unlawful use of a weapon. Earlier Monday, Normal police said the boy had three handguns and ammunition with him during the Friday incident at Normal Community High School.

 

The boy also reportedly had a hatchet and two knives. No one was injured.

 

Police Chief Rick Bleichner says "the potential for this situation was very great." The police chief wouldn't discuss a motive.

 

About 1,800 students returned to classes Monday.

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