Urbana High School gets full-time police officer


    After a fight at Urbana High School sends a teacher to the hospital and eight students to jail, the school is bringing on a full-time “plain-clothes” police officer for the remainder of the year. (WCCU)

    After a fight at Urbana High School sent a teacher to the hospital and eight students to jail, the school is bringing on a full-time “plain-clothes” police officer for the remainder of the year.

    The district made the announcement Friday, just a few days after parents packed the school board meeting expressing concerns about student safety.

    At the meeting, Urbana High School parent Lisa Cook called out the board for not bringing in a police officer earlier in the year, after it was brought up by a parent during a town hall.

    "Why can't we have a police officer here?” the parent asked administrators back in September.

    Cook said the suggestion was quickly dismissed.

    “The response was concern for the kids that are scared to see the police officer,” Cook said. “If you are a child that is scared to see a police officer, then we need police officers in the school to make it a positive experience for them.”

    Cook said she’s relieved to know an officer will now be at the school with her freshman son, but only wishes the district acted sooner.

    “I wish it would've happened at the beginning of the school year,” Cook said. “ I believe if we would’ve done that back then, we wouldn't have the problems we have now.”

    The officer's first day is Monday.

    Fox Illinois has reached out to the district for comment several times since the fight, but administrators have yet to agree to an interview.

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