School officials in Oak Park and River Forest respond to Connecticut shooting

Administrators sent letters to parents Friday outlining safety procedures

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

In the wake of a shooting Friday at a Connecticut elementary school, Oak Park and River Forest school staff are informing parents that they have procedures in place to promote safety.

The statements from District 90 Superintendent Ed Condon, District 200 Superintendent Steven Isoye and Principal Nathaniel Rouse and District 97 Superintendent Al Roberts, all say they are shocked and saddened at the events on Friday and their thoughts are with the Newtown community's families.

At D90, Condon said security plans include restricted school access for visitors, lockdown drills and a crisis plan that is reviewed annually with River Forest's police and fire departments. The D200 statement also said staff have a lockdown drill to be implemented in the case of an intruder, which is reviewed with students on a regular basis. D97 has a similar drill, as well as en emergency notification system and secured entrances. The district is also in the process of installing swipe card access systems at all its buildings, which will be completed after winter break. The middle schools have security cameras.

Counselors and social workers are available at all schools, the statements said.


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Uncommon Sense  

Posted: December 17th, 2012 4:33 PM

Howard, and many gun control advocates would rather ignore logic and facts in pushing their agenda for yet more legislation which up to this point has proven ineffective at reducing gun violence. I have some Gun Free Zone yard signs just for all the gun control folks to show their solidarity on the issue. Still no takers. I am also still waiting on some proof showing an inanimate gun coming to life and randomly killing people.

Howard Hunter  

Posted: December 17th, 2012 4:00 PM

I think some gun advocates would get their entire family massacred by guns and still celebrate the 2nd amaendment and dwell only on their paranoia that the government is out to get his guns. If Mitt was telling the truth about the 47%, Obama was correct about the people who "cling to their guns." Maybe they need them to defend them to Saint Peter when he wont let these "law-abiders" in.

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: December 17th, 2012 3:33 PM

These nutjob shooters are still sane enough to know to go to gun free areas because people will be helpless. You'd think if guns were really the issue, there would have been a mass shooting at a gun show. Or some guy runs up shooting up a police station. The reality is that these wackos are afraid of retaliation and quickly kill themselves once confronted. I just want all the gun control advocates to put Gun Free Zone signs in their front yards to show they really mean it. didn't think so

Uncommon sense  

Posted: December 17th, 2012 3:14 PM

William, easy access? Please. You can't even buy a gun in Chicago legally yet the south and west sides are a war zone. Isn't it odd that mass shootings only happen in "Gun Free" zones? Why no shootings at gun shows, police stations? The Batman shooter specifically went to a "Gun Free" movie theatre skipping over the ones closer to his house that might have Concealed carry patrons. The shooter at the Oregon mall killed himself after he saw an armed patron get a bead on him.

William from Oak Park  

Posted: December 17th, 2012 1:41 PM

Ultimately the issue is easy access to assult weapons with the NRA compliance coupled with politicians from both sides who are too spineless to challenge the insidious gun lobby.

Kevin Cassidy  

Posted: December 15th, 2012 3:06 PM

Mike -- it's not the guns except for the part where they discharge bullets that blow the insides of kindergardeners apart.

Jane Doone from Oak Park  

Posted: December 15th, 2012 1:11 PM

Is this why portable metal detectors are used at OPRF? We all live with a false sense of security.


Posted: December 15th, 2012 11:21 AM

In every documented case of violence against a school , the common theme has been unstable individuals who have not received the necessary treatment for their emotional demons. It's not the guns, it's the lack of intervention forthe individual who is unstable. Keep cutting funding for mental hospitals and these situations are the result


Posted: December 15th, 2012 8:24 AM

No, the guns didn't make him do it, but they were easily and legally available to him in his home. That upscale neighborhood must have had a lot of crime to need so much armed protection.


Posted: December 15th, 2012 8:17 AM

Yep, the guns drove this kid crazy and made him walk into the school. Here's the real issue: the media need to stop sensationalizing this type of thing. But they won't because the mindless citizens glued to their idiot boxes can't turn away.

DiaKristy from Oak Park  

Posted: December 14th, 2012 8:46 PM

This is not good news. Today there was a similar incident in an elementary school in Hanin Province in China where 22 young students were stabbed by another 'crazy' man. No guns. No one died. Not even the perp.


Posted: December 14th, 2012 6:42 PM

I agree it's the guns. I am also not holding my breath that anyone is going to come to their senses anytime soon about them.

Debbie Mercer from Oak Park  

Posted: December 14th, 2012 6:39 PM

I'm not sure a lockdown would stop something like what happened in Connecticut. It's the guns, people. We need to get rid of them.


Posted: December 14th, 2012 6:31 PM

My kids tell me the same thing, that they've never had a lockdown drill at OPRF. They had them regularly at the middle school, though.


Posted: December 14th, 2012 6:13 PM

District 97 doesn't have students in the buildings on election day anymore for this reason

Eileen from Oak Park  

Posted: December 14th, 2012 6:07 PM

I don't know how District 97 can think the schools are safe when school is in session on election days and anyone can enter the building.

muriel schnierow from Oak Park  

Posted: December 14th, 2012 5:39 PM

it is time to come out of denial. i have asked for a bill in the US House of Representatives banning all guns except hunting rifles. if they vote no i want everyone to know who they are. This is insane. anddont tell meabout the great 2nd amendment.

OPRF Student  

Posted: December 14th, 2012 5:22 PM

Shocked and saddened by today's tragedy. In response to the statement put out by OPRF, I have been at the school for 4 years and not ONCE seen a lock-down drill. I've often wondered what to do or where to go in the case of an emergency. I don't know where the administration is getting the idea that we do regular drills...

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