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Police Respond to Assist Victim of Bullying at Park Forest School

Illinois School

Illinois School in Park Forest. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– A victim of bullying at a Park Forest school needed help last week, and Park Forest Police responded.

Police were dispatched to the Park Forest Police Department on May 19 and were advised that a student at Illinois School had been the victim of constant bullying and that a student was threatening to kill himself. Staff members didn’t feel safe allowing student to ride the school bus home, police said.

According to police, school officials learned that two classmates of the student had been constantly bullying him since the beginning of the school year. According to police, the students punched and verbally threatened the student for no apparent reason. The student said that he was afraid to tell anyone because he didn’t want to get into trouble and that one of the students allegedly threatened to continue to hit him and verbally abuse him when they went to high school.

On Thursday, May 20, Officer Chaney went to Illinois School and met with Assistant Principal Mays about the incident. Parents of the alleged offenders were contacted and advised to respond to the police station to meet with Officer Chaney. Parents of the alleged offenders were issued municipal citations on behalf of their children charging disorderly conduct, and a hearing date was set.