Plainfield School Board mulls gun safe request
From Staff Reports August 22, 2012 1:54PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 7:46AM
PLAINFIELD — No decision was made this week by the Plainfield School Board on a request by the Plainfield Police Department to install locked gun safes to hold rifles at Plainfield Central, East and North high schools and Plainfield Academy.
The board asked the administration to work with the district’s attorney to draft appropriate language to address the proposal.
That language could be brought to the board’s education, planning and administration committee on Sept. 19. It could go to the full board after that committee’s consideration.
Earlier this week, Plainfield Police Chief John Konopek told The Herald-News the request was being made should a situation involving a school shooter ever arises.
“We hope it never happens,” Konopek said. “But in the event we have an incident with an intruder, we want the school resource officers to be able to access that additional weaponry.”
Plainfield South High School is in the jurisdiction of the Joliet Police Department. Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton said there are no plans to request installation of a gun safe there.