Safety protocols questioned after student allegedly brings gun to West Chicago school – NBC Chicago

Parents in a suburban school district are raising concerns about the safety issue notification process after a student allegedly brought a gun to West Chicago Community High School earlier this week.

On Thursday, administrators learned that a 17-year-old student was in possession of a Ruger 9mm handgun at school, leading police to arrest the unidentified student, according to a press release from the DuPage County District Attorney’s Office.

The student was charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon – possession at school, one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.

A notice of the incident was sent to parents and posted on the school district’s website. However, the school has not implemented a soft lockdown – a move some parents and others find concerning.

Lana Abundez, a mother of two students at the school, says she didn’t learn of the incident until 3.15pm – after school had finished.

“They should have informed us much earlier, the administrators,” she said.

Dayanne Romero, who has three cousins ​​at school, also disagreed with when families were told.

“They did it after school, which is absurd,” she said. “I called them [cousins] individually to let them know if they were okay, any help needed.”

In an email, Community High School District 94 spokesperson Becky Klotz told NBC 5 that the student was quickly located, the weapon was recovered, and the student was immediately placed in custody. jail.

“…The information provided indicated that at no time did the student possessing the weapon approach or threaten any student, staff member or visitor to the school, and local law enforcement determined that there was no active threat to the school or community,” she added, in part.

Two emails about what happened were sent to families following the incident, but it was not immediately clear when school district officials distributed the messages.

According to school district policy, possession of a weapon on school property will result in immediate suspension out of school and a recommendation for expulsion for at least one year.

NBC Chicago

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