2/05/2014

Absolutely surreal: Chicago school officials hate guns so much that they object 'no guns' stickers because they picture guns

Chicago school officials are worried that a picture of a sign banning guns might "alarm" people because it is a picture (!) of a gun.  Public school officials apparently think that the students and others who visit their schools must be really dumb to get confused by the sign and "misinterpret the new signage."  Yet, possibly people do understand and appreciate the problems with gun-free zones and that is what is upsetting people.  From the Chicago-Sun Times:
School officials want the public to know that in compliance with state law (House Bill 0183), schools, churches, government agencies and liquor stores statewide will be posting 4-by-6-inch stickers reminding the public, particularly those with a concealed-carry license, that there are limits on where a gun can be carried. 
While schools didn’t allow guns even before the concealed-carry law was passed, they still are required to display the reminder. Some officials are questioning the mandate, and some find the sticker image disturbing. . . . 
While complying with state law isn’t a point of contention, some school administrators find the sticker’s image to be a bit alarming. 
“One of my biggest concerns as a principal is safety and security,” Tinley Park High School Principal Theresa Nolan said. “It is bothersome to have to post a sticker of a gun that says, ‘Hey, folks, leave your guns at home.’” 
Nolan said she is not opposed to posting it, she’s just worried that not enough people are aware of what it means and could misinterpret the new signage. 
“I think the general public will be alarmed by it and wonder if people have been allowed to bring guns to school in the past,” she said. In her 22 years with Bremen Community High School District 228, she said, “I have no knowledge of guns ever being in this building.” . . .
I do agree with this sentiment, though not for the same reasons as the person making the statement.
“You can’t look at this (sticker) and not think about Sandy Hook,” she said, referring to the 2012 school shooting in Newton, Conn., in which 20 children and six teachers were killed. . . . 

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