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Illinois Law Requires Schools to Post No Concealed Carry Signs

The safety of our students is always a top priority. The administration and board of education takes very seriously their responsibility to ensure the safety of the students. OLCHS has a plan in place to handle emergency situations, and our staff has made great strides in recent years to increase security.

Beginning later this month, you will see more evidence of this commitment to security in the form of "no concealed carry" signs posted around campus. The Illinois' concealed carry law was passed in 2013 and allows individuals to apply for licenses to carry a concealed firearm. However, carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited in school buildings or on school property, according to the law (430 ILCS 66/). Public Act 98-63 requires that schools, hospitals, most buildings of the State's executive or legislative branch agencies, public parks, sports stadiums, and museums post this sign.

In an effort to keep our students safe and to be in compliance with state law, OLCHS will display the Illinois State Police issued signs shown in this notice on our school doors to remind those with concealed carry licenses that firearms are not permitted in Oak Lawn Community High School or on school grounds such as the Spartan Athletic Complex.

In addition, parents and students are reminded of the zero tolerance policy enforced by the Oak Lawn Police Department regarding driving violations within the school zone. Some of the violations include: no phone usage, no texting while driving, speeding in a school zone, passing a school bus while loading or unloading, and seat belt violations to name a few.

Keeping our students safe is a top priority, and the administration is grateful for the police presence around our schools to help enforce these laws. Your efforts and cooperation in keeping our schools safe is appreciated

Edward January 30, 2014 at 02:32 PM
If you want to keep children safe teachers and law abiding adults whose children attend these schools should be allowed to carry.
Dodes1 January 31, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Criminals will not follow these signs you post everywhere. I will also put my money on the citizens that are armed will carry CONCEALED in your business' anyway. There will be no way to know, you can't pat down everyone who walks in. I'll tell you what, I bet these people would pay the fine they would get for having a firearm in these places if they actually stopped a crime from happening by using the weapon. What would the jury say to a defendant in court because he disobeyed a no gun sign, but shot and killed a man who entered a store with a shotgun or assault rifle and tried to kill everyone? I know if i was on that jury, I would sleep the whole time and say he non guilty of any crime.
John February 20, 2014 at 04:22 PM
This is basically a welcome sign to shooters declaring: "There are no responsible gun owners in this building who will be able stop you if you attempt to start a shooting spree here" CRIMINALS DO NOT FOLLOW LAWS!!!

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