Friday, September 30, 2011

One Bullet?

  • Administrators were searching lockers and X-raying backpacks at a west suburban high school this evening after a live round of ammunition was found in the school this morning.

    A staff member at St. Charles North High School found the bullet in a common area of the school, 255 Red Gate Road, at about 9:30 a.m., but officials would not disclose any additional details about its size or exact location. The school’s roughly 2,000 students were placed on lockdown at noon, then sent home about 15 minutes later. All after-school activities also were canceled.

    “Obviously we take those things very seriously and worry about the safety of our students,” School District 303 Supt. Don Schlomann said.

We'd say the kids there learned a very important lesson today - if you're missing a homework assignment or maybe you have a test you didn't study for or you just aren't feeling up for another dreary day of school, drop a live round or two where a teacher will find it and then let the insanity begin.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw that. I'd pull my kid out in a heartbeat. Too many little trench coat wearing psychos out there. Bullets and school don't mix.

9/30/2011 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought the same thing..easy way to get out of school. a box of 50 should take care of every friday for the year...
in my day if they found a live grenade on a teachers desk, class would go on...
we are getting softer and softer

9/30/2011 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All for 1-ROUND? LOL. Those are used as mini salt and pepper shakers on the west side.

What would St Charles do if we picked up and air lifted a west side school into their district?

I hear the theme from The Andy Griffith Show playing in the background..Where's Barney when you need him?

These Mayberry Suburbs are hilarious..

9/30/2011 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it a silver bullet?

Maybe it was Kemo Sabe

9/30/2011 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, when I heard the news about this school "lockdown" on NewsRadio 780 while driving home tonight, I thought much the same thing...all that because someone stumbled across 1 bullet???

9/30/2011 12:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did teachers and staff also have to leave everything behind to be screened?

All I know sir is that I left my bag here like I was told and somebody planted that pistol in it.

9/30/2011 02:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before taking this awful job I grew up by st Charles. Know why their kids are not shooting each other or beating each other to death? Because the schools and citizens take this stuff seriously. Shitcago is the exception, not the rule.

9/30/2011 02:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silly people is right

9/30/2011 02:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, SCC. I disagree with you on this one.

9/30/2011 06:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Iowa they're howling at this.

9/30/2011 06:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we wonder why people hate us? Another silly commentary from a silly, silly blogger.

9/30/2011 07:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better yet, ignore it. After all this is nothing in a CPS school and they are certainly role models for excellence. A lot of rounds lying on the floors of Fenwick, Br. Rice, etc.? That might cause a different reaction from CPD, CFD, CPS parents.

9/30/2011 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Administrators were searching lockers and X-raying backpacks at a west suburban high school this evening after a live round of ammunition was found in the school this morning."

Why bother? 2,000 people just walked out the door. If one of them brought a gun in, I think he just took it back out.

"The school’s roughly 2,000 students were placed on lockdown at noon, then sent home about 15 minutes later."


9/30/2011 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever happened to pulling the fire alarm trick or the old fashioned mysterious bomb threat?
Cheez! Go Lane Go!

9/30/2011 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Montana, they are laughing at us too. I agree SCC, a tempest in a teapot. Silly people.

9/30/2011 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And we wonder why people hate us? Another silly commentary from a silly, silly blogger."

If you're worried about not being liked, you're in the wrong profession.

9/30/2011 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CLASSIC overreaction.

9/30/2011 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zero tolerance morons.

9/30/2011 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree they overreacted but...

So let's say someone finds a bullet and nothing was done about it, then there was a Columbine High School style massacre? Everyone would armchair quarterback that till death by saying, "If there was a bullet, there must have been a gun somewhere in that school," "They shoulda locked that place down," "I would have done..," "Stupid suburbanites, yada yada, yada."

You just cant win.

9/30/2011 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous TOO MANY CRAZIES! said...

How much caution is TOO much?

The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, near Denver. Two senior students embarked on a massacre, killing 12 students and 1 teacher.

Six months prior to Columbine, on November 16th, 1998, in tiny Burlington, Wisconsin, 25 miles southwest of Milwaukee, three teen-agers were arrested in an alleged plot to kill teachers and a group of students who picked on them at Burlington High School. If not for an informant and Burlington Police detectives conducting a thorough investigation, the deadly images that arise upon hearing the word "Columbine", may have been triggered by the word "Burlington" instead.

My point is, you never know what tiny piece of information might be important. Could St. Charles have been another Columbine or maybe Burlington instead, you never know, but I'll bet the parents out there aren't thinking that there was an OVERreaction. Like someone else said, "too many little trench coat wearing psychos out there."

Just saying.

OT, but an inconsequential but interesting side note, Tony Romo, QB of the Dallas Cowboys, graduated from Burlington High School about 6 months before the above arrests, and was then playing college football at Eastern Illinois University.

9/30/2011 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bullet may have fell out of Barney Fifes shirt pocket .
Over reaction , they have no right to search every student and back pack . If they do , then carry a drop bullet and do a search at every public school .

9/30/2011 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the CPS did this probably every grammer school & HS would get closed down every day early because of this.

9/30/2011 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@12:26 you aren't too bright are you? That's why st charles isn't like the west side. How dare those people act like civilized human beings. Ya...they're the ones in the wrong.

9/30/2011 11:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we wonder why people hate us? Another silly commentary from a silly, silly blogger.

9/30/2011 07:01:00 AM

they can't handle the truth.

so they hate the messenger.

until they need the messenger to do the dirty work.

and, even then, they still hate the messenger.

tough titty, said the kitty.......

9/30/2011 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about they find a few used rubbers in the hallway. Call it a day and let the brats go home. Sounds like a lot of over reaction. Now if they found a surface to air missile in some kids locker I might be a little concerned. Walmart has them on sale this weekend.

9/30/2011 02:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry SCC - my kid goes to SCN and I'm glad they did this.

Also, when they locked it down, students couldn't leave the rooms and they left their backpacks where they were. The students were escorted out classroom by classroom. The backpacks were wanded after the school had been cleared. They also brought the dogs through.

As someone else mentioned - this is why we DON'T have school shootings there.

9/30/2011 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This happened in England, right?

9/30/2011 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..and I bet that they called out the EOD Crew to dispose of the round...

9/30/2011 11:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my day even if they found a ticking ICBM laying in the lunch room you would still have classes all day.

10/01/2011 03:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I brought a de-activated clip remnant .50 browning ammo to kindergarten show and tell in 1969. The un-penguined pacifist nun used it as an example on why bullets were bad, telling everyone, "can you imagine this ripping through someone's body." A bunch of us boys thought that was pretty cool at the time and said so. I miss those days.

10/01/2011 05:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with the second poster. But this over reaction by school administrators is the norm today. Everybody is locked down in the prison school, the school is searched and nothing is found. We seem to attract a fair number of idiots into the public education sector and wonder why school performance is dropping. Next time a bullet is found or there is some other threat, post a few cops in the building in soft clothes, big guns under cover and mingle people. It seems to me that the SC school people really will have a hard time explaining their response other than SOP; to blame it on the police.

10/01/2011 07:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little late, but I'll leave my $0.02.

There is a difference between St. Charles and the West/South side of Chicago. That is the reason I live in St. Charles. We take things seriously, because we have to...just like you would take this seriously if it occurred at your child's school.

Having said that, this should be a wakeup call to everyone that 'zero tolerance' does not work. Imaginary lines drawn by a school administration don't work just like the imaginary lines drawn by our legislators have failed us time and again.

Do the police (everywhere) have a plan if another Columbine style attack occurs? Probably. Are they (the police) the first line of defense for our children while in school? No. The first line of defense starts with the teachers and school administration, who should be armed and ready to protect our children.

Freedom isn't free. It's the responsibility of every LAW ABIDING CITZEN to provide for defense of ourselves, our families, AND OUR COMMUNITIES. That is the elephant in this room. For far too long we have been coddled by the smoke and mirrors of government intrusion, which promises protection, but only provides a false sense of security.

10/02/2011 06:07:00 AM  

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