OPRF High School student arrested with unloaded BB gun at school

Student could face 5- to 10-day suspension

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

An OPRF High School student was arrested Wednesday morning for having a weapon on school grounds.

The boy, whom school officials did not identify, was arrested for having an unloaded BB gun at school.

OPRF staff allegedly heard rumors that the student had brought a weapon to school and searched the student, at which point they found the weapon.

The Oak Park Police Department's on-site school resource officer then arrested the student and brought him to the Oak Park Police Station, where he was charged with disorderly conduct.

"No students or staff members were in danger at any time, and the matter was handled outside the view or knowledge of other students," a letter to high school families said. "While we understand that this incident may cause alarm, please know that the safety and welfare of our students and staff is always our top priority."

OPRF High School spokeswoman Kay Foran said the student will go through the school's discipline process, but the student might be disciplined for possession of a weapon — possibly a class 4 penalty.

The penalty for that could possibly include a five- to 10-day suspension.

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OPRF Student  

Posted: October 29th, 2010 3:05 PM

Concerned Parent and Taxpayer: I love to see that you feel it necessary to try to humiliate a student who just wants to voice his opinion. I mean, if someone doesn't type with perfect grammar, they shouldn't speak at all, right? -Matt

Concerned Parent and Taxpayer from Oak Park  

Posted: October 21st, 2010 11:52 AM

Darien: This is by no means a personal attack on you, but a comment on our tweeting, blogging and texting society at large.EVERYONE should pay attention not only to what one says, but how they express themselves in print. You will garner more acceptance for your position if it is more carefully and thoughtfully worded.Really... no capital letters, no apostrophes and " tooken care of"?When you express yours comments in the paper, make sure it is coherent.Study hard.

Sean Ristau  

Posted: October 20th, 2010 2:23 PM

The day parents realize that the school is not a babysitting institution and a place to provide an education is the day things will get better. How hard is it to understand you don't bring a Gun to school? What if that student had brought out the Gun in front of a police officer then pointed it at him? That student would be dead. Also, I do agree that what you do during your study hall is your right, if anything we need more people getting involved in local issues.

Darien Marion-Burton  

Posted: October 20th, 2010 10:08 AM

Parent of a OPRF senior; Frist off what i chosse to go with my study hall is my right, and your kids are most likley not commenting on important things because they are trying to hack the school facebook blocker. Also there is no rule that states that i cant comment on a newspapers website. Also do you know what your kids are doing? whos to say that they aren't out doing drugs and drinking? thats aganist the law and breaks rule, i'm tired of parents thinking that it's the child, blame yourself.

Discipline = teaching from Oak Park  

Posted: October 20th, 2010 8:34 AM

And why ever hold anyone accountable for doing something that is wrong - oh, wait, to teach them how to behave correctly. Seems like common sense to me.

Sean Ristau  

Posted: October 20th, 2010 8:14 AM

Take a look at this rule for all the people that don't want to do their homework....and yes overall decision does fall back to the local school board.The Gun Free Schools Act of 1994 led to a national zero tolerance policy authorizing expulsion for no less than one academic year for bringing a weapon to school

Sean Ristau  

Posted: October 20th, 2010 8:11 AM

Since when is bringing a BB Gun to school keep in mind loaded or not, any diferent than bringing a Pistol to school. If you have the mindset to bring this to school then you also should be willing to accept the penalties. This structure of only a 10 day suspension is nuts. My next question is WHERE WERE THE PARENTS? It's just a matter of time before a real gun is brought into the school. Anoher observation is that the school board is out of touch with reality.....

Violet Aura  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 1:21 PM

Wow, just wow...I cannot believe some of comments I am hearing, but why should I be surprised? I have walked by OPRF when school gets let out and seen the students acting like hyenas and it just blows me away, having graduated from the same school in the early '80s. Things have really changed and not for the better. Any adult who shrugs off an unloaded weapon needs to get their head examined. It's not just a question of immediate danger but what is going on in a teen's life that they want this?

Parent of a OPRF senior  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 4:46 PM

Darien,My children are at school, following the rules and the law. Not commenting on websites during school hours. I don't care if anyone was in harms way, it "is against the rules" when will you kids get it. Rules are all the time, not sometimes.

Discipline = teaching from Oak Park  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 4:27 PM

No one wants to ruin this teens life and no one is overreacting. Protocols are being followed and hopefully a lesson will be learned.

Darien Marion-Burton from Oak Park  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 10:33 AM

After reading the comments I must say that Oak Park parnets over react so much; the fact of the matter is, is that not one single person was put into harms way. The school acted in a swift way and the situation was tooken care of. Also one mistake shouldn't ruin the kids high school career. Also to everyone who says that they want to see more punishment i ask; what are your children doing?-Darion Marion BurtonOPRF Senior

Discipline = teaching from Oak Park  

Posted: October 14th, 2010 7:18 PM

If someone does something that is against policy there should be consequences - that is a positive teaching tool - when fingers are pointed at everyone else then nothing is learned and behaviors just repeat. The definition of discipline is to teach.

Robert Murtha from Oak Park  

Posted: October 14th, 2010 3:15 PM

Loaded or unloaded, after Columbine we are all more sensitive to events like this. 10 days suspension does not a HS career destruction make. The student brought it upon himself. The gun may not have been loaded at the time of discovery, but who's to say there was no ammunition on campus.

Blame everyone but the kid?  

Posted: October 14th, 2010 10:56 AM

What everyone fails to realize is that both the school and police are following protocol. As far as the school wrecking this kids high school career, WAKE UP he/she did it to themselves. You must be accountable for your actions.

Sincere from Oak Park  

Posted: October 14th, 2010 9:43 AM

Now, sit back and watch how the Staff and Police overreact. Then ruin this persons, whole H.S. Career over one mistake! Truely, if knowone was hurt, we shouldn't even know about it. This is one step from being blown, completely out of proportion. Oak Park, police have a tendency to draw the publics attention to the wrong things, so they look as if there doing there job. I would like to know, when complaints are being made against the O.P.R. F. Staff and Police Officers.

Janet from Forest Park  

Posted: October 14th, 2010 7:35 AM

They were NOT in danger. What do you not understand about "unloaded"?? Of course he has to be disciplined but leave it to Oak Parkers to overreact.


Posted: October 13th, 2010 11:37 PM

"No students or staff members were in danger at any time" that is a joke. the kid had a "gun" even if it was not loaded and only a BB gun the danger was still there. if he only gets a slap on the wrist (10days) that is a real shame.

Saify Talib from Oak Park  

Posted: October 13th, 2010 5:55 PM

This student needs to be expelled from the school. I advocate a ZERO tolerance policy for anything that even remotely smacks of in-school violence.Saify Talib, BSN, RN

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