Juvenile ID'd as person of interest in OPRF swastika cyber-flash

Police working with FBI to investigate incident

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police announced today that they have identified a juvenile as a person of interest in connection to an incident at Oak Park and River Forest High School involving the distribution of an anti-Semitic image. 

On Friday morning, someone "AirDropped" the image of a swastika from somewhere in the high school's auditorium to students' cell phones during a Tradition of Excellence ceremony, according to an email sent to families today from Karin Sullivan, the district's communications director.

Police said that they've identified the juvenile after working with high school officials and security staff, adding that they "expect to interview the juvenile today and work with the Cook County State's Attorney to determine if charges are warranted."

Police said that the image led to a second incident, "when a student reportedly told a parent two students were talking about shooting up the school, prompting the parent to contact police. The report turned out to be a misunderstanding." 

Oak Park police stated that they are working witih other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, to investigate the incident, which is the latest in a string of racist and anti-Semitic images to have been discovered on OPRF's campus within the last few weeks. Police said that they've increased their presence around campus since the first instance of anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered on Nov. 2. 

"Students, parents and high school staff are understandably on edge given these incidents," said Interim Police Chief LaDon Reynolds in the statement. "I want to assure them and the entire community that the Oak Park Police and our network of law enforcement agencies across the region are focused on bringing such troubling incidents to an end."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Oak Park Police Department at 708.386.3800. Information may be provided anonymously by calling 708.434.1636 or online at www.oak-park.us/crimetip.

Email: michael@oakpark.com

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Drew Rein  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 6:10 PM

@Christopher Bell - Another thing that should be explored at OPRF is the turf war between the Math Dept and Business Dept over Computer Science. By now Computer Science should have its own Department but both Math and Business want their pieces to remain separate. I don't see how this benefits the students and for those pursuing a degree in CS there is a lot lacking in terms of offerings. I believe a former teacher (Allee?) tried and was shut down when proposing to enhance/better the curriculum. CS knowledge are skills that could take a financially challenged student straight into tho workforce. I believe OPRF fancies itself more of a liberal arts school and does value the investment. That pool though...

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 4:21 PM

the other element that is missing in discussion is that there are many parents /sub groups that are very happy with OPRF and proposed changes would case them pain,discomfort. The only way you can get all pulling in same direction is if the overall school performance improves. The last year data was public, OPRF got only two students into IvY (8 schools) so there is plenty of room for improvement. When I was at OP it was top 10 in state (I think 8th) and when you said you went there people were impressed.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 4:11 PM

@ Jim BRILLANT. Lets look at psychographics vs pure demographics to identify those at risk - with all of work being done ith analytics and education, we should have the data and capability to make it science. Child arrives from these zip codes and these scores, this income, we know 73% the will be a gap student. To improve GPA, these are the five levers we have - etc.. I bet the reason they were unable to describe the causes is that each case varies greatly - and therefore solutions must be flexible enough to address.

Jim Frenkel  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 4:03 PM

And fwiw, and do understand I have a mixed view on charter schools, what you've described is one of the advantages that charters have over schools like OPRF-- the ability to innovate their academic models to better suit the different types of students (in business speak "customer segments") they serve, versus the one-size fits none model that so many large public schools struggle with to the detriment of their students. It works when the students are largely the same homogeneous group. It doesn't when we have diverse groups with very diverse needs.

Jim Frenkel  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 3:59 PM

@Christopher, at last some proposed, specific, and actionable ideas!! Whether they work and how much they cost is an important matter of course, but so much better than the teeth gnashing and hand wringing that is rife when discussing this topic. Fwiw, I think that most/all of those ideas are worth further serious exploration!

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 9:37 AM

There are four basic ways OPRF can innovate - Process, people, eco system or product (in this case product is the curriculum). Of those, people is toughest as not easy to change behavior (and union). Process is customize/change approach and product might be including race based classes/ training to students. Finally, eco system is what proviso did - change the variables/ interlocking pieces - they move math and science (high performin kids) to separate school. What we see coming out of school at moment is policy - because that is what they know ... we will create new policy to address .... but we will have to see if any new /real innovation occurs.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 9:15 AM

To use business analogy - OPRF needs to become more like AMAZON not Target /SEars. Needs to customize help for kids (like amazon offers for customers) and drive results for gap kids in new and different way. Again, if any one reading this has ever dealt with 97, you know it is like dealing with post office (actual worse). For example, in 2009 (after moving back 21 years), we raised $50k in private donations to pilot innovative tech program at Mann - after going back and forth, 97 shut it down because it was unfair to other kids in Oak Park. Point is, if we REALLY want to resolve gap we will need to innovate in ways that are really hard for district/school.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 9:08 AM

There is so much data/ information that we are missing from equation. For example there are programs that do work (or have worked). Doug Delpido (retired) started a before and after school program for kids in gap (all races but mainly African American). Every morning thie kids would come in and do missing homework, get tutoring and every afternoon they would review the work, do homework and plan out next day. Every student not only had bump in GPA but all graduated (some were at risk). This build to my last point - you cannot policy your way to success - it almost needs a micro student strategy. Identify kids one and one and customize the resources to help them win. Now, here comes the challenges - OPRF is a factory and bigger than many colleges - not good at cusomtization - so how do you change the culture to help each child? Split into multiple schools like proviso? Again, I don't have any answers - and I am out of Oak Park soon, but I do like solving complex issues and think the long term viability of OP may rest on recolsinving these issues.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 8:55 AM

@ Daniel. I apologize as between my fat fingers, poor vision and auto correct on mobile device, I sound like more of an idiot that I already am (which is huge). Your point dovetails well into the point I failed to post. There are variables the school can control - culture, extra enrichment, use of data to identify gap, etc. but many of the root causes, the school cannot. Amount of parental involvement, wealth/income, work ethic, pre high school prep. That said, the superintendant release a lengthy letter this morning with focus on getting justice of students who have been marginalized. My momma told me early on you have to work twice as hard to get half as far because you are black - there is no substitute for hard work, discipline, etc. which are the values I instill in kids. Will people hate you cause you are black? think less of you? - yes of course. But much like the school issues, you can only control and focus on variables you cant control. The bottom line is school can only do soo much - we have to carry the rest. It is tough reality but it one we can control and in todays climate where fellins of reverese racism is all the rage, it is the only sustainable solution,

Daniel Hurtado  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 7:10 AM

Christopher, I didn't catch the part about unequal punishments for similar infractions, though I don't doubt that it is a real issue. I WAS greatly bothered by the segregation between the cheerleaders and the drill team, as well as the segregation among much of the attendees at football games. I guess I never knew about that because my daughter was a theatre nerd at OPRFHS, not an athlete. I did know second-hand about there being segregation in the lunchroom. That's all very disappointing to me, but I am not sure what the school administration can or should do about that. On the other hand, if minority students are systematically being deprived of educational opportunity and development, that needs to be addressed, and I would like to learn more about what is causing the disenfranchisement.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 5:41 AM

Daniel .... great point regarding actual demonstrated racism by the school. The teachers and shool / coaches went above and beyond. The only exception was perhaps harsher punishments for equal offenses for black students. The other two big wholes is outlining exact cause of academic gap ....variables income, race, zip code, test scores, bias etc Norte they can fix it, need to get gritty and

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 5:27 AM

@ jahred very fair. I should have said inflammatory cause ... analogy I have gout .... then drink lots of alchohol .... which makes it much worse.... the doc is the booze ... I grew up in oak park in 70-86, I went to Acension for church and fellow kids called me n word all the time, I was spit on and beaten in Berwyn and regardless of how educated and accomplished it was still hard to catch s can or watch people clutch purse/ lock door as I walk by.... so I get your point more than you know

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: November 12th, 2018 12:09 AM

Bigotry is fueled by ignorance. All of life's ills are caused by an inability to express and demonstrate compassion, empathy and tolerance. We teach children lessons to prepare them for their future and trust that by our action and deed they will be productive members of society. The damaged souls who bring misery and unrest must be isolated and rebuked. Raise a voice for justice and lend a hand to those in need. Confront ignorance and reject those who seek to spread a hateful message. Truth does matter.

Jahred Adelman  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 8:42 PM

@Christopher, my point is more that to claim that these ideas suddenly appeared out of thin air only because of a damn TV show is ludicrous. Perhaps they finally put a very troubled kid over the edge, but it seems silly to me to blame a TV documentary on this. Could it have played a tiny role? Perhaps. But the bigger issue is anti-semitism and racism, not a documentary, no?

Daniel Hurtado  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 8:36 PM

It is not a surprise to me that OPRFHS, despite, or even because of, its diversity, has serious issues of racial inequity and discrimination. It IS a surprise to me that the focus has been solely on racial inequity in the high school, with no acknowledgment that the Oak Park community at large, despite its admirable aspirations, is itself rife with racial inequity. I do find it to be a paradox that the America to Me documentary, which has raised consciousness and stimulated discussion about the issue of racial inequity, does virtually nothing to actually demonstrate that there is a problem, much less to elucidate the precise nature of the problem. It follows a number of students of color, or of mixed ancestry, who had various challenges, but does not show us how their challenges were tied to systemic racism, if in fact they were. And though several teachers and students in the documentary complain of systemic racism, none of the them actually explains what they are talking about. The fact that the documentary has nevertheless placed the issue front and center in our consciousness is good. But without actually elucidating the problem, it does nothing to suggest a solution.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 7:34 PM

Just because the Nazis used numerous individuals whose ethnicity or personal characteristics they considered inferior, including some Jews, gays, and non-Aryans, doesn't mean they didn't consider them inferior, and even subhuman, to be tolerated only because of their limited usefulness. Hitler and his military leadership didn't respect Mussolini or the Italian army, but found them useful. As for the Japanese, Hitler basically saw them as inferior to Aryans but better than Jews, "Negroes" Poles and Slavs.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 6:40 PM

There were plenty of non-Aryans who worked for and with the Nazis. The Japanese and Italians were certainly non-Aryans. The Bulgarian,Romanian,Italain armies crumbled outside of Stalingrad. Throw in the 13th Handschar Division and now you really have a hodge podge. Hate action seems to feed on weakness. So it is not the defined group, their thought, but the action they take. As far as this phone goes, the FBI can identify the phone, However unless their is video tape showing the owner using the phone at the exact time or someone else to step forward to say at that exact time I saw this person use this phone or a statement there could be a problem. Someone could have used the phone and returned the phone without being noticed. Not strong, but a problem. Ownership of the phone doesn't equate to using the phone. Or that's the story someone might use.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 1:34 PM

The swastika stands for hatred for and the dehumanization of Jews (no elaboration needed), blacks (see White, Jesse), Gypsies, gays, and going down the list, pretty much everyone who isn't of Aryan descent. We all have a stake in challenging this ignorance.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 10:52 AM

@Christopher, all good brother. The good news is we all give a s***. That matters a lot. We should get a crew and get a beer and discuss ways forward sometime. ?'?

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 10:46 AM

@ Jason - all good points and fair. Take care.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 10:46 AM

@Christopher, nobody here is arguing that it's not a hate crime. That's never been a point of discussion.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 10:40 AM

This is my last post on this topic as it feels like we are all arguing about silly things at this point that don't move anything forward. The documentary is done. We can't take it back. None of us knows the future or what the exact impact will be to our community. What we can control is our reaction to it and what we do going forward. If our reaction is this is terrible and our community is forever damaged then that's likely to be the outcome. If our reaction is let's actually learn from it and see how we can make OPRF a better place for all then I view it as a win. We are the ones who live here now. I don't really care what everyone else thinks. I live here and want this community to be better. I would prefer to view the doc as an opportunity to push positive changes. Hopefully we will look back at this event as a catalyst for discussion and a better education for our kids.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 10:34 AM

@ Jason instead of us arguing over it not againsts black or its only jewish. it is all BAD and part of overall vibe at the moment... do you not see that? IT is no different

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 10:31 AM

@ Jason read the flipping article. It mentions this - it is all HATE.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 10:28 AM

@Christopher, this article is on this incident not the earlier one. The comments related to if this incident has anything to do with the doc are focused on this specific incident not the earlier one that certainly was related to the doc. That was pretty obvious. Jewish students weren't the focus of the doc and as noted many times already we are seeing this kind of hate crime all over right now.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 10:24 AM

@Christopher, how about we be smart about all this and simply wait and see what the actual impacts of these things are. For all the people that are going to find the doc an issue there are also likely to be many that view the schools willingness to be a part of this a real positive. The issues in the doc are hardly unique to OP and just because OPRF decided to actually show them hardly makes it a negative. All of our examples of people that think this or that are basically meaningless. We don't have any clue what that actual long term impact will be. The current issues with the hate crimes will go away and again all these google results will fall farther and farther back in the page rankings. You can decide that the sky is falling. I choose not to think that way and believe this gives us the ability to get these issues out on the table. It's up to the community to decide how to move forward. That's what people moving to the community will care about.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 10:17 AM

Direct quote from article published early Saturday morning. "When the first [piece of graffiti] appeared I was hoping it was somebody coming in from outside Oak Park, but it's clear now that that's not the case," James ?" who is also an Oak Park resident ?" tells The Hollywood Reporter. When asked if he views the string of incidents as connected to his series, he points to the image of Clark dancing in one episode. "Yes it's connected to the series, and it's particularly connected to the ramped-up activism that has come out as a result of the series and has really escalated as the series has come to an end ?" and it's activism that I fully support. Students of color have really become much more assertive in saying 'it's time for things to really change here.'"

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 10:09 AM

@ Jahred, you are likely correct no correlation what so ever - NOT. of wait, Holloywood Reported directly links the issues. it says directly related ... as it of course is https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oprf-racist-graffiti-school-featured-starzs-america-me-targeted-1160079?fbclid=IwAR31Eeel2GRpftNiIQUM-ZfirfF0_RlT5_lnnTdCbTHt5neVXYkZV3Jm45k

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 9:39 AM

@ Jason seem like you are taking every point literally with little appreciation for nuances. Of course the school will recover - the issue is will the brand remain as high quality and the differentiating characteristics remain. So here comes the nuance - Oak PArk without great schools and progressivism is just an average place with crazy taxes.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 9:34 AM

Jason - yes in fact I have taken a software company public and sold it for $2B. Software engineering - Illinois, U of Chicago and Harvard. Thank and you are missing my point. The point is the algorithm will forever have these indicidents/

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 9:00 AM

@Alex, there's a big difference beteeen committing a hate crime which ultimately has the whole community on edge and requires the FBI to be involved and say bringing weed to school or getting into a fight. That being said I am not personally immediately calling for expulsion mainly because I have no idea what happened beyond what's written in this article. I do think it's important to look at all factors when it comes to how to punish kids. I say this as someone that's Jewish also. This student might deserve to be expelled. I just don't know enough to say that's the correct punishment at this point. I will say to some degree I don't know that it matters as it will be very difficult for this kid to ever set foot in the school again and honestly the family will always be stained by this in our community. I wouldn't be at all surprised if we see the family leave OP after this.

Alex Garcia  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 8:47 AM

For those calling for the expulsion of the student at issue, does he not qualify for the "restorative justice" that you otherwise tout? Is a freshman not eligible for redemption?

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 8:42 AM

@Michael, this is the story I am referring to. Very similar type of situation to OPRF. https://www.google.com/amp/s/abc7chicago.com/amp/swastika-found-in-jewish-students-locker-at-lincoln-park-school-/4649397/

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 8:38 AM

@Jahred, I completely agree. The country is seeing a massive uptick in incidents like this. Maybe the doc did somehow impact the person(s) mindset and helped spur them to do this or maybe it's the hate we all get to witness daily thanks to our current administration. I really have no idea but as of now we have no idea if the two are even remotely connected. Even if they are then I am glad it pushed a bad apple in our community to out themselves so we can deal with them.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 11th, 2018 8:34 AM

@Christopher, I am not sure you know how google's algorithm works but I do. Of course right now you get the current stories of these incidents because they just happened. You also might notice that the documentary doesn't even show up on the first page of google search for OPRF. Unless we continue to see incidents like this new stories and content published by the school will push these stories down the search list. Let's see what a google search looks like a year from now. It's a bit dramatic to say the school may never recover. The documentary happened. It's now up to all of us to determine what our community does next. Deciding that we won't recover isn't the attitude I choose to have and it won't help make us better.

Jahred Adelman  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 4:31 PM

My 1 3/4 cents: To connect this horrific anti-semitic act to a documentary about race in the high makes no sense at all. One has nothing to do with the other. A troubled student is a troubled student, independent of what might be airing on TV.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 1:29 PM

@ Kevin you bring up excellent point. I did read somewhere that school has received threats from both sides regarding the doc. To your point, this is just what we know and the increased police /FBI might signal more behind the scenes. Lets hope this all passes quickly.

Kevin Peppard from Oak Park  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 1:22 PM

Don't consider this over. There are probably multiple people involved, and the Feds and OP cops will get the first person to turn, unless he/she is a copycat, in which case,. they will keep probing. As I quoted from "Thelma & Louise"" as to whether these criminals can get by with CONTINUED acts: ""Brains'll get you only so far, and luck always runs out." Haters: You've now got the FBI on your tail. Kiss your ass goodbye.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 12:34 PM

@ Drew. We are in the mutual admiration society. As you know, one of my (many) faults is not knowing when to keep my fat mouth shut. Hoping we can grab a drink before I leave to be never seen or heard from again! PEACE

Michael Nevins  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 11:56 AM

@JCohen. Regarding your 8:17 post today, are you referring to this incident: https://www.uptownupdate.com/2018/11/buena-park-man-charged-with-hate-crimes.html? It doesn't say much about the individual, but further digging located this: http://www.cwbchicago.com/2018/11/exclusive-jewish-uptown-man-accused-of.html Draw your own conclusion, but these type of stories are legion and might be playing a role in what is presently going on in OP right now, too. I'm very much in agreement with your second sentence of that post.

Drew Rein  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 11:41 AM

@Christopher Bell - You are on point as always.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 10:02 AM

There is also a false logic that says oprf owned up to issues and people should appreciate and move on. To use simple analogy Vw Owned up to emissions issue and we see to this day they were not give them pass. Brand /image / perception is not always tied to reality. My point all along is does not matter what the truth is ... two pillars /parts of op crown jewel ... progressiveness and quality of main school are in questions

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 9:46 AM

Tested my hypothesis ... nazi, protest, inequity, hate Nothing on excellence, top rated, high amount of kids going to top colleges. Don't have to be mba in marketing from top school to know that this is a big hit to oak park brand. It may or may not recover...

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 9:33 AM

Jason - really? Hope you are right but there is this little thing called google ... do search on oprf and see how that goes.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 9:21 AM

While the issues at the school will remain I don't think the people outside this community will remember this documentary beyond this initial buzz. Give it a month or two and I bet nobody talks about it outside of OP.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 9:15 AM

Jason ... I never said that. I said they perceived an issue due to tone and tenor or question .... of course we don't think they will punish students ... it is the students perception.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 9:08 AM

@Daniel, there's not an easy way for someone to see a student sneaking use of a cellphone in a large setting like this. It's not like they take phones away from the students. My son uses his phone throughout the day. There are a couple of classes where the teacher has them put them away but most don't block phones. I can't say what the rules are for an assembly situation like this but as I noted above it would be hard to stop someone from sliding a phone out of their pocket a little to send this.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 9:03 AM

@Christopher, if there are admissions people stating that being a student at OPRF is somehow a problem because of the documentary then they should be fired. This students parents should call the head of admissions and complain if that's really the message they feel they heard.

Daniel Finnegan  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 8:55 AM

I thought the school generally prohibits electronic device use, except for hallways and lunchrooms? Had that rule been better enforced, it would have been harder to send the hate message, or to receive it.

Alex Garcia  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 8:30 AM

Jeffrey: I'll be your Huckleberry. You might just want to wait for some additional facts to come out before leaping to your own conclusions. As for those (like me) who do "complain" about other issues, it seems that some (like you) prefer to use identity wedge issues as an opportunity to distract from several serious issues facing Oak Park at the moment, notably: 1) High crime, 2) High taxes; 3) Stagnant or falling home values; 4) A declining population.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 8:26 AM

Jason you are one data point as is the brother who actually spoke w college admission who mentioned show. There are 3600 students .....

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 8:17 AM

I am Jewish and as much as I would love to throw the book at whoever is involved in this I would personally like the school to look at all factors before just reacting. This is not only an opportunity to show that this behavior is unacceptable it's also a very teachable moment. Honestly even if this student isn't expelled they might not want to set foot in the school again. I can't imagine they would be welcomed back. I remember the situation with the student that had the blackface Snapchat post and that student never returned to school.

Jason Cohen  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 8:11 AM

@Christioher, I wouldn't make any assumptions at this point. There were some incidents like this last week in Lincoln Park as well. This could easily be related to the overall hate our country is dealing with and the acceptance of this hate by our current administration. I am not saying the doc doesn't feed into this is a bit but we shouldn't act like this is unique to Oak Park because it isn't. My son goes to OPRF and he's not freaked out by the doc or worried about its impact. If colleges are asking about it I imagine it's more out of curiosity than anything else. They aren't going to punish students for simply attending a school that's willing to own some of its issues.

RoseMary Gange from Oak Park  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 7:44 AM

Could this be like pulling the fire alarm? Someone stirring things up for his own amusement? Then, of course, the copycats see the notoriety. The very least response should be expulsion. Criminal charges should follow. OPRF needs to show this will not be taken lightly.

Jim Belton from Oak park  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 7:16 AM

Kids do these things without really understanding the true meaning of them, how they may effect others, etc. I attended HS in the 70s it was not unusual to find crude Natzi symbols on desktops, walls, etc. just let it go.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 5:56 AM

Sorry last point. We need to recall that that there are two sides - had a white student recently tell me that his older brother fells /fears the docu series is hurting his college chances based upon some conversations with colleges. We don't even know if there are many white students who resent this docu series because it could effect them personally - I know - Tough toastees but in order to solve problem, we need to think about all angles.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 5:45 AM

Also, saw on CNN last night that FBI and Department of Justice are helping OPRF. FBI also listed in OP Police website description yesterday. This is getting CRAZY.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 5:32 AM

CORRECTED (WAS ON PHONE). My students tell me this was a freshman and of course it is unacceptable. Do you think all of this is a coincedence? There is no action without opposite reaction and all of this is result/reaction of docu series. No questions it is bringing out very tough questions, emotions, people feeling unfairly portrayed on all sides. White students as privleadged and indifferent. Black kids as under achievers for most part, etc. IT is unfortunate as there a some really great people here - and the docu series and these paint Oak PArk as troubld community. Sun Times, Tirbune and AP all carrying these stories.

Christopher Bell  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 5:22 AM

My students tell me this was a freshman and of course it is unacceptable. There is no action without opposite reaction and all of this is no a coincendence of docu series. No questions it is bringing out very tough questions and issues on both sides. IT is unfortunate as there a some really great people here - and all of this docu series and this paint Oak PArk as troubld community.

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: November 10th, 2018 1:29 AM

A notable group of Wed. Journal commentators are strangely missing from this article and others about the swastikas appearing at OPRF. It's the same group that objects to affordable housing and the "thugs" it might bring to Oak Park. Odd that they don't seem perturbed by fascistic thugs who may already be here.

Bob Pawlowski  

Posted: November 9th, 2018 11:26 PM

If they know who it is, they need to make sure the person is charged. Juvenile or not, this is not a matter to take lightly. It's a symbol of hate that was sent out on the anniversary of Kristallnacht. If it was supposed to be a joke, it's not funny at all. Charge them. Charge them hard so they realize how offensive what they did was and that it's nothing to joke about.Expelling him might be the first step.

Nick Polido  

Posted: November 9th, 2018 11:03 PM

Leslie, why stop with the permanent suspension of the "juvenile", maybe a caning or a public stoning?

Leslie Stevens from Oak Park  

Posted: November 9th, 2018 5:27 PM

I truly hope this 'juvenile' is not allowed back at the school.

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