By Megan Dooley
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An 11-year-old Percy Julian Middle School student was arrested for the alleged May 19 battery of a 12-year-old female classmate, after turning himself in to Oak Park police on June 9.
Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds said police conferred with all parties involved prior to the arrest, including the parents of the victim, the parents of the alleged offender, and school officials. "We worked with all the stakeholders involved," Reynolds said, before the decision was made to press charges.
Earlier this month, the victim's mother spoke out to Wednesday Journal, claiming that the school had not taken proper action in disciplining the boy who allegedly punched and tripped her daughter, leaving bruises on the girl's face.
Reynolds said that the police have no say in disciplinary actions taken by the school, but the police department did their best to address everyone's concerns.
"We want to involve the parents of the victim and the offender so that there's an opportunity there to look at the behavior and make some changes," he said of incidents such as this. "It's very important to make sure that this is a teachable moment."
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