OPRF student brings 'look-alike' gun to school

The student was taken to the police station following the Nov. 21 incident

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

A student at Oak Park and River Forest High School was taken to the Oak Park Police Department after reportedly bringing a look-alike toy gun to the school on the morning of Nov. 21, according to a statement school officials sent out to parents and guardians later that afternoon.

Another student alerted a staff member to the toy gun, which prompted school officials to search for the student who brought it and to notify the police, according to the statement.

"Once we identified the student and searched the locker, we found a toy look alike black plastic pistol in the student's locker," the statement reads.

The student was later taken to the police station. District officials said that "disciplinary consequences will be issued."

"As always, we continue to thank our student body and school community for providing us with information that enables us to investigate immediately to ensure the safety of our school community," school officials stated.

When contacted by phone on Tuesday afternoon, school officials said the incident was minor and didn't require any evacuation. According to police, the juvenile was charged with disorderly conduct that afternoon before being released to his parents. Police did not say when his court date is scheduled. 

Email: michael@oakpark.com

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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 24th, 2017 1:20 PM

@ Rob Ruffulo: Would you accept mentoring or parenting instead of instruction ? Just asking.

Rob Ruffulo  

Posted: November 24th, 2017 7:18 AM

Instruction???? seriously ?

Jim Bowman  

Posted: November 23rd, 2017 11:56 AM

Dreadfully unaware youngster, urgently in need of instruction. We hope that will solve his problem.

Rob Ruffulo  

Posted: November 23rd, 2017 7:29 AM

Now we need another meeting, forum, discussion, statistics, policies.....make sure we go easy on this student, dont want to offend anyone.

Paul Cagnina  

Posted: November 22nd, 2017 6:13 PM

Don't the parents have some responsibility for the actions of their minor children? If the parents are held liable, the parents will make sure their children act more responsible. Kids are learning this behavior at home or the parents aren't rejecting this behavior. ITS EASIER TO TEACH A CHILD THAN IT IS TO CHANGE A MAN !!!!

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