Man arrested for bringing a loaded hand gun into Plainfield High School

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UPDATE: 

A judge dismissed Ronald Kendall's charge of possession of a firearm on school property in Aug. 2017.

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. (Jan. 20, 2016)-- Several parents at Plainfield High School are once again concerned for their child’s safety after a man was arrested for bringing a loaded hand gun into the building during Tuesday’s cyber threats forum.

Ronald Kendall, 37, was taken into police custody after officers found a loaded handgun inside of his jacket.

“He turned around and told people that he had brought a gun into the forum and that he was not checked at the door with security,” said Plainfield Police Captain Jill Lees.

Kendall was sitting with hundreds of other parents and community members Tuesday who were asking officials for more information about the ongoing cyber threat investigation that has closed down schools, a mall, and created havoc in the Town of Plainfield.

“There were bullets in the magazine. I was unsure if there was one in the chamber but obviously using officer safety we had to make sure we cleared the weapons safely,” said Lees.

Officers don’t think Kendall showed up to ask questions, but seemed to want to make a statement. Telling the crowd he was able to easily sneak the weapon past security.

“We escorted him out really quickly and right there in the lobby we were able to handle the situation and make sure we confiscated the gun,” said Lees.

After parents found out that Kendall had been sitting amongst them with a loaded hand gun, they took to social media expressing even more concerns about their child’s safety. Police say there was no viable threat directed at the forum or they would have searched everyone.

“There is a fine line and a balance between safety and practicality. This was a voluntary event that people can attend. It is no different than attending any other public place,” said Lees.

FOX59 knocked on Kendall’s door, but no one answered. Neighbors tell FOX59 he has children in the Plainfield school district.

Plainfield Police do not believe this incident is connected to the continuous cyber threats against the town. Kendall is facing felony charges. He bonded out of the Hendricks County Jail Tuesday night.