FedEx Delivers Loaded Package to High School


When a package is delivered, most of the time the person receiving it knows what’s inside. That wasn’t the case when a FedEx worker delivered six boxes to a high school containing rifles.

The delivery containing .30 caliber M1 rifles manufactured by Springfield Armory was intended for a private collector but was dropped off at Chester High School in Illinois. According to the Chester Police Department, the driver realized his mistake within minutes of the drop-off and contacted the police immediately.

“It really was just an honest mistake; the addresses are very similar. Everything was legitimate and no charges are going to be filed,” Chester Police Commissioner Steven Gretsky said.

The guns had been ordered by a collector who owns an auto-repair shop in Chester Township. Instead, the boxes were delivered to the school’s loading dock and secured inside the building over the weekend, which is standard practice for any delivery. The boxes also didn’t appear suspicious according to Chester Upland School District Superintendent Craig Parkinson.

Parkinson also sent a letter to parents outlining the issue. “We wanted to communicate with you about this in case you hear rumors in the community or on social media. We are focused on a positive start to the school year and can’t wait to see you and our students back in our schools!” he wrote.

The guns were able to be picked up after the weekend and delivered to their intended recipient. FedEx admitted the mistake was on their end.


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