Cyberbullying arrest was second incident

Harassing Facebook post lands student in police lockup overnight

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By Jean Lotus

Forest Park Review Editor

An Oak Park and River Forest High School student had to spend the night in the police lockup Thursday night after she was arrested for cyber bullying a classmate by allegedly posting harassing messages on the other girl's Facebook page. The victim had filed a complaint with the Oak Park police for a similar incident earlier in the year. 

"The posts were of a harassing and proviking nature," said Oak Park Commander LaDon Reynolds.

Police arrested the 18-year-old Thursday afternoon at OPRFHS in connection with Facebook messages posted Dec. 9. The offender was taken to the Oak Park police station and held in lieu of $150 bail overnight, said Commander LaDon Reynolds. She was taken to Cook County Court Friday morning and was released on a recognizance bond, Reynolds said. Police said they didn't know why the student was not bonded out and had to spend the night in police custody. 

"We take cyberbullying very seriously," Reynolds said "Harassment when done over electronic communication can have a serious impact on an individual, as we've seen in some cases," he said.

Electronic harassment is a Class B misdemeanor that can result in a fine or up to 364 days in jail, Reynolds said.

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Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 21st, 2014 7:58 PM

Bill D., you don't let reality get in your way. You bounce to Joey the clown which has nothing to do with kids being bullied. Contact Mr. Payton. He can explain how people can get help with bullies.You don't give up your rights when you join the Military, but if a person can be bullied on facebook the Military is not the place for that person. Neither is it for people who are more than willing to give up freedom because to terrorist. Think of why we now have NSA and FBI spying on Americans.

Bill D  

Posted: January 21st, 2014 4:54 PM

Gee, I don't know why the Halliburton guy goy probation, "Q." Why don't you research it and tell us about it. I know this, you bounce around with multiple references like you do here, and pretty soon what was originally posted is lost. Try staying on topic. What Halliburton did and didn't get away with has nothing to do with harassment statutes. Oh, and Q, we're talking about the exact same commercial, your perception of reality aside.

Take the power back from oak park  

Posted: January 21st, 2014 4:21 PM

Teach the kids to refuse to be bullied. Teach them how to take the control back from the person doing the bullying.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 21st, 2014 3:19 PM

Bill D., contact Jarret Payton at jp@jarrettpayton.com He was bullied in school and gives talks to students on how to stop the bullying. He says we need to educate and encourage kids and teens to come forward and seek help from school counselors, teachers, parents and adults. That still doesn't take the bullying out of the bully. Use the delete on facebook and sue facebook for damages. Facebook will then take care of the bullies.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 21st, 2014 2:55 PM

Bill D., the commercials you are talking about is not the one I am talking about. Reality is a personal or group perspective of the truth. Some think Fox news is the truth, some think others are telling them the truth. The fact remains that kids and adults are going to be bullied, and if you think it's something that is going to be removed from humanity through laws, then you think jails are the way to prevent crime. It is only a deterrent, and we all can still be victims of crime.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 21st, 2014 2:49 PM

Bill D., what's wrong with Joey on the poor me protect me from the bullies attitude. He doesn't have a computer delete button to remove his problems.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 21st, 2014 2:46 PM

Bill D., Explain the importance of how a Halliburton Manager Gets Probation in Gulf Spill, and others involved are facing a much different sentence. Facebook users can delete others. What are the controlling laws to protect us and our environment from others. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/judge-sentence-halliburton-manager-21607453

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 21st, 2014 2:43 PM

Bill D, you must have been in a different Military or a different time in the Military.

Bill D  

Posted: January 21st, 2014 10:30 AM

Oh, say it ain't so! Now even Joey Lombardo is wimping out. Damn liberal wussy------ 'Joey the Clown' Lombardo claims 'elder abuse' in N.C. prison----- http://www.suntimes.com/25083725-761/joey-the-clown-lombardo-claims-elder-abuse-in-nc-prison.html

Bill D  

Posted: January 21st, 2014 10:21 AM

Hey Q? I hate to burst your bubble, but that little kid putting the bear in a headlock? It's not real. Nope. And neither is the kid carrying the grown man out of the fire. Disappointed? As for military service, again, you guys just don't know what you're talking about. When you swear a military oath, as I did, you voluntarily suspend your constitutional rights and place yourself under the UCMJ, the Uniform Code of Military Justice. But even the military takes harassment seriously, unlike you.

Violet Aura from OP--Pretension on steroids  

Posted: January 21st, 2014 8:53 AM

Or...you could stop going to that bastion of inanity, otherwise known as FB! I know, I know, then you can't leave annoying picture memes with insipid philosophical statements. Sometimes you just have to sacrifice for a higher purpose...

joe from south oak park  

Posted: January 21st, 2014 7:46 AM

I'll just leave this here... http://www.facebook.com/help/168009843260943?sr=2&sid=0czKCHexK6YHnPCIu

A Concerned Parent from Oak Park  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 11:04 PM

Give me a break! The OPPD and OPRFHS need to address the issue of FBK status of other individuals that are selling drugs there to.other fellow students! Why haven't they suspended. Expelled or arrested these students when all the evidence is on Fbk! I will tell u why? Cause they are not Brown or Black and dont reside on the other side of Austin! If u are going to arrest some kids for cyber bullying. Why not deal with and arrest the real problem they have been covering up for years! Drugs!

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 10:47 PM

Bill D., with laws like this, the Military is going to have to change the way they teach or all of the drill instructors will be facing criminal charges for harassment and intimidation.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 10:44 PM

Bill D, Hyundai has a commercial to deal with bullies. A kid gets his football taken away, and the bully says come back when you have a team. To kid goes and picks up all his friends and meets up with the bully. The bully says touch or tackle. The kid says tackle.

Bill D  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 7:57 PM

Well, since the majority of states in the Union have enacted pretty stern laws against electronic harassment, "Q," you can either posit that the majority of state law makers "have no sense," or that, as I do, that they saw a need to protect people against unwanted and unwarranted abuse. And saw fit to give people recourse at law (and please, excuse my so-called head spinning "legal-ese gibberish") to seek sanctions against people who engage in it.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 6:48 PM

Bill D., Part of the reason laws are enacted because some people lack common sense. "Eating in a place that is on fire is against the law." stupidlaws.com

Bill D  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 6:19 PM

"Face it, your police department took it serious because it's a pressing issue to you not because greater society sees it as criminal," no wonder wrote. I'll end my responses to that and the Aura/Joe/Qs of the world with a few more facts: Several other hand-wringing, liberal type namby pamby states have electronic harassment laws tougher than Illinois: Alabama, Mississippi, Idaho, Arizona and Kentucky. Wait. Those are red states with meat eating, gun toting macho cultures. How could that be?

Bill D  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 4:15 PM

You people are something else, "no wonder." You really don't let facts get in the way of forming your opinions, do you? The FACT is that the law the OPPD is enforcing is a STATE law, passed by the Illinois General Assembly. This isn't some "liberal, touchy feely Oak Park" thing. A majority of state legislators thought it was important enough to pass a law. And the county is prosecuting it. If you and others had any idea what you were talking about, you'd know it's enforced outside Oak Park.

Sarah Corbin  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 3:35 PM

Cyber harassment is a problem that university officials have been addressing in a judicial capacity for some time. It is VERY common for a college or university to have a cyber policy associated with their over arching harassment policy. It would be negligent to not educate the high school student who has committed the crime for "real life" consequences: jail time, legal fees or expulsion from a chosen university or college.

no wonder the kids are basket cases  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 3:19 PM

Bill D, a criminal complaint was lodged and investigated because of where it happened...OAK PARK! Most other departments would have told the parents to handle it themselves or inform the school. Face it, your police department took it serious because it's a pressing issue to you not because greater society sees it as criminal. If you're in high school and can't take someone posting comments about you on other peoples' pages you most definitely aren't prepared to leave home and go away to school.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 3:13 PM

("The posts were of a harassing and proviking nature," said Oak Park Commander LaDon Reynolds.) Minnesota fans near Chicago? Maybe it was better to lock them up...

Observer  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 2:56 PM

Tell ya what. The great equalizer will be Attorney's because they will find a way to file suit against everyone. Wait until you call the authorities on the wrong person (or kid with wealthy parents) and they counter-sue you for malicious prosecution...ah yes the civil court docket will be filled with tort action...emotional distress etc..I agree very slippery slope. Not condoning bullying, just say'n ya better be sure it meets the threshold before making that accusation.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 2:16 PM

Mike S from Oak Park, if the person can block someone from their facebook then that should be enough, and the person's friends will also block the postings because they are real friends. Teach kids what a real friend is, and sue facebook for any damages they are causing to people.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 2:08 PM

Bill D, although the woman didn't have to change her phone number, should could have changed it and let her friends know of her new number.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 2:07 PM

Violet Aura, you are correct in a lot of what you are writing. Where will the line be drawn for others expressing. Will the Police be sent if someone says something bad about a politicians because adults have the right not to be teased too. Will a restaurant owner be able to call in the Police if someone says they don't like the way he or she makes Chicken Noodle Soup.

Violet Aura from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 1:19 PM

@Mike: Thank you for demonstrating exactly what I am talking about. I have a hard time that someone cannot block someone else on their own FB page but even so, since when do we have the right to control what someone tells someone else?! So you want to jail people for talking smack about someone to other people & you think that means I am defending the bully?! This is scary. I am defending our right to express ourselves, even in a vicious manner. Yes, I am. Because it's a slippery slope otherwise

Bill D  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 1:11 PM

FWIW, long established Illinois law makes it illegal to call a person on their telephone if they've been warned not to call again. If the person does call back, they can be charged with a crime, telephone harassment. Several years ago I reported on an Oak Park woman who was repeatedly telephoned at all hours by her alcoholic ex-husband. He was arrested and jailed on at least three occasions for telephone harassment. Was the wife a "wuss" for calling police and not taking it into her own hands?

Parent from Oak Park  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 12:58 PM

As noted, we don't know specific details. I am going to trust that the authorities took appropriate action against the bully. The story says it was ongoing harassment. I agree, why defend this kind of behavior just because it went unpunished back in the day?

Mike S from Oak Park  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 12:50 PM

Violet, the victim can not block the offender from making posts on the offender's blog. FB doesn't work that way. The victim can prevent herself from seeing the posts, but they would still exist for everyone else to see. We really don't know what this entailed until we all know the facts. Meanwhile, these posts are always shocking because most people don't appear to be as mean as they are on these posts. Its eye opening. Why jump to the defense of a bully?

Bill D  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 11:51 AM

My sincere apologies for causing your head to spin, Ms. Aura. In the simplest, non-legalese terms I can manage, so even you can comprehend, what I said was, no one commenting here knows exactly what was alleged to have happened in the criminal complaint. What exactly was said, whether there was a threat, how many posts were made, etc. All we know is she was charged with harassment by electronic means. Your the one making the giant leap to incarceration. Which ain't gonna happen, so chill, girl.

Observer  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 10:37 AM

Violet I agree with you, that we shouldn't start locking up heart broken teens who lash out online and say nasty stuff to their x-significant other. Most likely harmless, a stern warning from a school Dean or perhaps Mom & Dad should do the trick. I do caution and fully understand that a clear distinction must be determined if the conduct rises to warrant swift and appropriate legal action. I personally feel, however, that right now, there is too much ambiguity.

Violet Aura from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 10:25 AM

@Observer: Let's say it's the worse case scenario. Let's say it's straight-up bullying. So what? If someone posts nasty stuff on FB, block them. Don't run to the police unless it's a threat. The notion that we can legislate every behavior of other people is nuts.

Observer  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 9:35 AM

I see what Violet is saying, the gray area is the interpretation of the act. Is it bullying or is it teen angst (being mean to or jealous of a rival) I think options exist and should be thoroughly vetted before criminal charges are brought. I found this article which seems appropriate here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/teen-angst/201211/mean-vs-bullying

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 9:33 AM

The wussification of America continues... Oh my, how did we ever cope growing up with all the bullying, fist fights, and name calling? Now we are going to start throwing kids in jail for being a bully... on facebook? Help us all. Not saying bullying is a good thing, but this is just getting ridiculous.

Violet Aura from Forest Park, City of Big Hair  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 9:05 AM

Cont. sorry but it doesn't rise to the level of justifying incarceration. The victim could have blocked her from posting. Or if the perp was spreading lies about her online, you just have to learn to deal. You cannot control what people say. This same girl could get on her phone and tell everyone in town that the victim is a slut or whatever she was bullying her about. This is a scary precedent but the most terrifying thing of all are the people on here agreeing with it!

Violet Aura from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: January 20th, 2014 9:02 AM

@Bill: "What we don't know is the particular narrative in the criminal complaint." LOL--that doesn't sound like a Joe Schmoe comment--are we in the lawyer bizness, my friend? In any case, don't try and spin my head around with legal-ese gibberish. Let's talk logic here--do you feel that it's reasonable to a teenage girl behind bars if she "harrassed" another girl and called her a fckn bitch 20X? What exactly was the nature of the harrassment? If she was just insulting her constantly, I am..

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 10:19 PM

Kati Gilson from Oak Park, how many times have Presidents been made fun of and called names on television, newspapers, radio and in conversations. If they weren't able to have the make up to handle bullies growing up, they would never have made it to becoming President.

Kati Gilson from Oak Park  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 7:14 PM

Bullying is serious. No one deserves to be bullied ever. I am so glad OPRF took this seriously and did the right thing. Guess what, child bullies often grow up to be adult bullies. Ever have a bully boss? I rest my case. My thoughts and prayers are for the victims of these heinous crimes.

Bill D  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 6:12 PM

The charge is, specifically, "Electronic harassment," a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail (as opposed to the OPPD lock up). What we don't know is the particular narrative in the criminal complaint.

Bill D  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 5:58 PM

I've never posted on YouTube, Ms. Aura. So I don't know what you're referring to. The fact remains, the woman harassed the OPRF student on her own Facebook site.------"Billy Bob" That's your idea of a retort?

Observer  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 4:00 PM

@ Violet Aura, It's basically conjecture, until we know what the specific charge is. I do agree that people on both sides of the electronic device have options and all should be exhausted before calling in the thought police ;)

Not protected by 1st Amendment   

Posted: January 19th, 2014 3:58 PM

Violet it isn't a loophole. The first amendment protects certain speech in certain arenas. Not all speech is protected and we can't say anything we want everywhere. Read up on it as I suggested. It is very clear. She has been charged. Not prosecuted or convicted yet. But from the information we have she invaded the space of an individual with harrassing behavior. Harrassing behavior is outlawed in any different ways.

Violet Aura from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 3:55 PM

Cont. does not rise to the level of justifying INCARCERATION!

Violet Aura from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 3:54 PM

@Billy Bob: So is there no setting on FB to prevent this girl from posting? Give it a rest, Billy Bob. I have seen many nasty comments (gotten them myself) on Youtube, for instance. I don't like the idea of blocking people yet that is a function that is available to us if we have an online account. If she threatened bodily harm, that is different. But mere insults when the victim can simply eliminate her ability to post (or stop the inane behavior altogether, which is just a CIA goldmine), CONT.

Observer  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 3:51 PM

Since the details have not been released, I recommend taking a look at Illinois Cyberbullying law in particular H.B.3281 Perhaps the "offenders" don't realize that certain behavior can land them a felony charge.

Bill D  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 1:50 PM

"I mean, the victim could simply avoid the site, right?" No, Ms. Aura, wrong. What part of the young woman being "arrested for cyber bullying a classmate by allegedly posting harassing messages on the other girl's Facebook page" do you not understand?

Violet Aura from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 1:09 PM

@Not Protected: Are you a lawyer? See, even if there is some sort of loophole, it doesn't mean that it's a just law. And are you okay with putting people behind bars for cyberbullying? I mean, the victim could simply avoid the site, right? This is totally uncool.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 12:52 PM

joe from south oak park You are correct.

Not Protected by 1st Amendment  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 11:01 AM

Violet -- I think you need to brush up on what the 1st Amendment right to free speech means and in what arenas it is protected. If you google it, basic articles will pop up.

Bill D  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 8:38 AM

"The criminal justice system is not the appropriate place to handle WHAT behavior," Joe? You don't have a CLUE about what behavior you're talking about, what was said in the post, how many posts, or any other background on this case. Yet you've formed an opinion on its inappropriateness. Meanwhile, a criminal complaint was lodged, the police investigated the circumstances, found probable cause under state law, arrested the accused person, and forwarded it to the judicial system for adjudication.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 4:06 AM

Maybe by changing how we deal with aggressive members of society we will begin to form a society where it is encouraged for someone to stand up for themselves and for others. To realize that safety is our own responsibility and that we should have faith in our ability to keep ourselves safe and that a safe community is something worth fighting for.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 3:51 AM

to the aggressive behavior of the bully. it also gives children the tools needed to deal with such a situation. We do not decide to become the target of a bully but we do decide how we react to what happens to us. Currently we are teaching children to react passively towards an aggressive individual and wonder why teens commit suicide when we are teaching them to repress their feelings and instinct by asking them to sit idle, resulting in their being taken advantage of again and again.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: January 19th, 2014 3:19 AM

Bulling isn't nothing, but it should be handled appropriately and the criminal justice system is not the appropriate place to handle this behavior. this should have been handled between the children's parents. But along with bullying we also need to look at the society we have created where we discourage children from standing up for themselves or for others. Assertiveness is a trait that we should be encouraging in our children (http://www.mayoclinic.org/assertive/art-20044644) as opposed

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 9:23 PM

Mike from Oak Park, you are wrong.

Mike from Oak Park  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 9:00 PM

I COMPLETELY disagree with people who think this is nothing. How can you possible tell vulnerable teenagers that this is acceptable?

Mike from Oak Park  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 8:56 PM

The essence of living in a society - ethics, basic ideas of right and wrong and criminal laws is the principal that its wrong to hurt each other. Bullying causes suicide, life altering pain and other serious repercussions for its victims. Its not just "I know you are, but what I am I" child's play. This can invoke humiliation and embarrassment beyond what a teen knows how to handle and can devastate. The perps need to be held accountable and you need to stop dismissing it as "free speech!"

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 7:45 PM

Find lawyers to sue facebook.

i agree with joe  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 5:46 PM

victim as an adult because she will be looked at like this is childish, grow up. I really don't know where most of you work because I see adults bullied ALL THE TIME. Threats are one thing. But "harassment" via Facebook is a hard sell. I've had Facebook for close to a decade and it is extremely easy to avoid the average person. Why this "victim" was unsuccessful at blocking the person and telling her stay away from me. I don't know. Why the parents didn't know how to handle FB harassment, dunno.

i agree with joe  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 5:41 PM

Bill Dwyer, what's wrong with our society is that we are increasingly teaching our children not to stand up for themselves. Oak Park paid in police services expended, not to mention resources provided for the "prisoner" such as food, running water etc., fuel and manpower transporting her court because she "harassed" someone on Facebook?!? Read the news VIOLENT OFFENDERS are being released by your states, having charges dropped by your county, and we focus on this. Hope this doesn't happen to the

i agree with joe  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 5:31 PM

joe from south park, you are spot on. the responses to you...yikes!!! "the EMOTIONAL abuse of cyberbullying can lead to both suicide and/or homicide"...disregard the physical abuse of robbery, the victimization of having your possessions stolen, the vulnerability and fear ADULTS experience when even kids break into their homes where they felt safe and protected. Nope. let's guard their emotions because they won't need to know how to protect them on their own as adults anyway. adults don't bully!

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 4:06 PM

Facebook and other social medias have a policy of deleting accounts for improper usage. If you want to make a difference, then hold those social media outlets responsible for policing their own websites. If people are hurt by social media outlets then send in the lawyers and sue. You will find social media outlets taking responsibility for their actions.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 4:01 PM

oprf parent 2 Criminal activity results in jail time. People still do it. You know of people tragically ending their lives or others through news and social media. You can't control much of what a child is going to face in society, but you can control your own perspective of the World. Give up on mass media and advertisers. Question what you are watching, reading and listening to. News is made for advertisers. Let your ass decide which toilet paper will really give you a softer wipe.

Violet Aura from Greetings from Uranus!  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 3:46 PM

The Thought Police, they come to me in my bed/The Thought Police, they live inside of my head... Putting someone behind bars for TALKING SMACK ONLINE?! Whatever happened to the 1st Amendment? She sat in JAIL for this? Unreal. And why don't we know her name, since she's not a minor, hmm?

muntz  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 3:06 PM

Any teenager still on Facebook is guilty of being out of touch with their own generation. Proper sentencing should be 5 years of AOL internet service and 2 years of tracking senior citizen Candy Crush scores.

Roger from OP  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 2:40 PM

and, I agree w/M....We know nothing about the context of this incident. We don't what she posted, or why. Really, we know literally nothing. Perhaps, therefore, we could hold off on the sanctimonious comments and refrain from giving advice to her parents. note to other poster you can't assume it is "serious" once OPPD is called, they have no discretion. My experience with OPRF some years back is they are very petty, esp. when student is not white

Roger from OP  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 2:35 PM

please note . lockup IN LIeU OF $150. so ., if you arte poor, lockup and court ? otherwise you are free??? justice???

oprf parent 2 from oak park  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 1:22 PM

Q, all the teaching and parental support in the world doesn't change the impact this crap has on a teenage mind. in the moment, cyber bullying is indeed life changing for the victim. names do indeed hurt, if only for a few moments. social media has upped the ante and increased the impact. swift, severe, & consistent punishment to the perpetrators (and enabling parents, if necessary) is the only antidote. That, & clear, consistent societal pressure on the perps that this behavior is unacceptable.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 12:25 PM

Name calling does hurt regardless if it's done one on one, in front of other people or on social networks. Learn to help people not take it as a life changing event. Children should be taught sticks and stones may break bones but names will never harm me. If a child can't accept that, then teach the child where the delete button is.

Bill D  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 10:41 AM

And the young woman did NOT spend a night in "jail." She spend the night in a police station lock up, in a cell by herself, observed by police throughout the night. She wasn't in the general population at Cook County Jail.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 10:38 AM

How is holding a young woman overnight in lieu of bail indicative of something "wrong with our society," Joe? The arrestee was 18 years old, not a minor, so subject to the adult criminal justice system. The 16 and 17-year olds you refer to are subject to the juvenile criminal system. That said, if a 16-year old is charged with robbery, he can be charged as an adult, depending on circumstances.

oprf parent 2 from oak park  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 10:33 AM

this incident is quite serious...a night in the slammer is great, but waterboarding would also be a perfectly appropriate punishment. if any of your kids have been victimized by this nonsense, as one of mine has been, you'd feel precisely the same way. I also think that since the perp is 18, they need to be identified in public. the only way to stop a bully is to call them out.

Veronica from Oak Parl  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 9:27 AM

People need to take cyber bullying seriously and stop such actions. What is wrong with society when an 18 year old that she thinks posting things like this is OK. Maybe some parenting would of helped this situation. I applaud OPRF high school for taking this bullying seriously!

OPRFFB Letterman 1964 from River Forest  

Posted: January 18th, 2014 7:53 AM

If the incident caused an arrest you can preume it was quite serious. I, for one and delighted that for once a perp has to spend a night in the grey bar hotel. There should be more overnigths for our up and coming criminals. Perhaps a night or two in jail will lead to a more repsectable life. Back in the day we lived by the essence of "spare the rod, spoil the child". Peace out

oprf parent  

Posted: January 17th, 2014 10:29 PM

M from Oak Park-Absolutely agree with your statement! May I add that stealing and robbery are serious offenses. However, joe from south oak park, the emotional abuse of cyberbullying can lead to both suicide and/or homicide.This is far from ridiculous!!

joe from south oak park  

Posted: January 17th, 2014 10:00 PM

This is a great example of exactly what is wrong with our society. How many times do we see 16 and 17 year old's caught stealing or robbing someone and they are released to their parents. But this kid spends a night in jail over Facebook posts... ridiculous

M from Oak Park  

Posted: January 17th, 2014 9:48 PM

We know nothing about the context of this incident. We don't what she posted, or why. Really, we know literally nothing. Perhaps, therefore, we could hold off on the sanctimonious comments and refrain from giving advice to her parents.

ksmith  

Posted: January 17th, 2014 8:52 PM

Good, I hope the parents of this student can connect with this girl to let her know that this behavior has to stop!!!

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