A handful of school officials in Chicago want signs that ban guns on school premises, but they don’t want the image of a gun on those signs. A new state law requires schools to post small signs announcing that guns cannot be carried in schools, but administrators at a school in the South Suburbs of Chicago have managed to get offended at the mere image of a weapon on the signs banning guns. A few schools in Chicago have already begun posting the signs and other throughout the state are also expected to in the coming weeks.
“It is bothersome to have to post a sticker of a gun that says, ‘Hey, folks, leave your guns at home,’” said Theresa Nolan, principal of Tinley Park High School. “[I’d prefer] something more subtle. You can’t look at this and not think about Sandy Hook,”
However, it appears that the administrators at Tinley Park High are in the minority on this issue. Other school officials throughout the city believe that the signs with gun images are a necessity in order to keep schools safe. “It is not necessarily something you’d want on a school building,” said Paul Enderle, a superintendent in Oak Lawn. “But it correlates with the law, and I think if it ultimately helps to keep schools safe, that’s the objective.”
When it comes to rights for gun advocates, Illinois has been far behind almost every other state on the issue. The state was the last in the country to have a full-concealed carry ban until a federal appeals court struck it down in December 2012.