An Oak Park and River Forest High School student is now facing charges after he was found with a loaded handgun on school grounds, according to the Oak Park Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Keyon Robinson, 18, was charged with a Class 3 felony for possession of a weapon on school grounds and a Class 4 felony for aggravated use of a weapon, police said. A Class 3 felony carries a prison term of up to 10 years and $25,000 in fines if convicted, while standard sentencing for a Class 4 felony charge could lead to up to three years in jail on top of $25,000 in fines.
Robinson also had an outstanding warrant from DuPage County for driving with a suspended license, police also said.
A Cook County judge set Robinson’s bond at $500,000. Robinson is to appear in court again May 24 at the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood.
On May 3, around noon, police said they responded to a tip about a person with a gun heading toward the high school at 201 N. Scoville Ave.
Police said they immediately found the individual, who they later identified as Robinson, outside the school’s main entrance with a firearm. Robinson was arrested and taken into custody.
OPRF Principal Lynda Parker sent an email on the same day of the incident, informing parents that “everyone was safe,” and school was not disrupted. She also wrote the high school was cooperating with the police investigation.
“Please know that the safety of the students and adults in our building is our top priority,” wrote Parker, who also serves as the assistant superintendent. “We are extremely thankful to the Oak Park police for their swift action.
“There is no place for this activity at OPRF, and the student involved will be subject to school board policy and appropriate laws that govern weapons on school grounds.”
Parker encouraged parents and guardians to remind their children to tell officials if they believe there is a weapon at school. Students can also file anonymous reports by texting the number 274637 and using the keyword “OPRF” at the beginning of the message, followed by more detailed information.