Oswego students found with UI ROTC's fake guns after track meet at Armory

Oswego students found with UI ROTC's fake guns after track meet at Armory

CHAMPAIGN — Several northern Illinois high school students who attended a track meet in Champaign earlier this month apparently helped themselves to look-alike guns.

University of Illinois police reported Friday that several Oswego High School students were found to be in possession of simulated weapons thought to be used by ROTC candidates who train at the UI Armory, 505 E. Armory Ave. C.

UI police spokesman Pat Wade said the students were found with the fake weapons and someone from their school reported the discovery Thursday to the Oswego Police Department.

Wade said Oswego police tracked the serial numbers on the fake guns to the UI ROTC unit. Officials there were unaware they were missing until receiving that call, Wade said.

The simulated guns, used in their training, were missing from a storage room.

The students who had the fake weapons had attended the First to the Finish Charger Invitational track meet hosted by Centennial High School on March 3 at the Armory, Wade said.

No one from the Oswego Police Department was available Friday to answer questions about what happened to the students or how many may have been involved.