Julian Middle School student charged with battery of female classmate

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

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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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Posted: June 15th, 2011 3:36 PM

T.J., why don't you just call the district office and ask them? 708-524-3000 My guess is, some are and some aren't. "Administrators" includes everyone from the superintendant to the lunch ladies.

T.J. from OP  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 3:22 PM

@Interested Parent You never answered my question. Again, are school administrators in a union?

T.J. from OP  

Posted: June 15th, 2011 3:14 PM

@epic Replace the word skilled with the word connected. Then you will have an accurate statement.

Kellen Love from Oak Park  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 11:11 PM

this is why i go to brooks....

epic lulz  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 9:41 PM

Lots of envy from TJ for those skilled enough to land a union job. Stop the class warfare, ok?

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 9:35 PM

T.J. are you kidding or clueless? Government and union workers are not responsible for our current economic woes. Point the finger of your choice at two illegal wars, unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy and an unfunded prescription drug plan. We spend more on defense than all of the countries of the world combined. Multi-national corporations fail to pay taxes and ship jobs overseas to the lowest bidder. Please read Matt Tiabbi's reports in Rolling Stone on the Wall St. crooks. Know the enemy!


Posted: June 14th, 2011 9:21 PM

Bullying should not be tolerated but I wonder what was going on in this case. Arresting an 11 year old does not seem right. Aren't kids who are underage always released to their parents???

T.J. from OP  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 9:09 PM

Has anyone seen the Illinois Lottery commercial saying you can win money for the rest of your life? The guy in the commercial wears a protective puffy suit, so he stays alive longer. I always think of govt union jobs when a see the commercial. Their unions give them a better deal than winning the lottery. Big money for the rest of their life.

Interested Parent  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 8:51 PM

@T.J. - To answer your question: No administrators at Julian have a salary at or over $150,000. In District 97, one administrator has a salary over $150,000 - the Superintendent. Total compensation raises this a bit since the admins receive a payment that is used for insurance payments and counts as creditable earnings in TRS. If you count this "insurance" benefit, a couple more admins would be over $150 K. These people all have well over 35 yrs in education and multiple responsibilities.

T.J. from OP  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 8:02 PM

Are school administrators in a union?

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 7:25 PM

TJ: I am giving you your first assignment: stop listening to Limpballz and Glen Blech 24/7, 'mkay? The administrators are not "worthless." This sudden attack on unionized WORKERS is very frightening.

T.J. from OP  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 7:06 PM

Violet: You make me want to be a better man!

T.J. from OP  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 6:59 PM

Violet: You're my hero. When I'm faced with a difficult decision, I "think" what would Violet do?

jean hays from oak park  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 6:30 PM

Middle Schools are not all bad. Yes, there are always some problems, but with proper administrators and teachers they can be worked out. Cicero has Unity Junior H.S. and it has worked out well. The school is a model with a Principal, co-Principal and administrators on each of the 4 floors. One building is 7th grade and one is 8th grade. Check it out - 22nd and Laramie.

Violet Aura  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 6:21 PM

TJ: "Thinking?" Surely you jest...

T.J. from OP  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 5:56 PM

Just thinking out loud. How many administrators at Julian and Dist 97 make over 150K per year? Too many I'm sure. They really are worthless...

Brian from Oak Park  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 3:17 PM

It is good to see the police taking a strong role in our schools. After all it is probably for them to handle all discipline as they are close to the children on a daily basis and understand what is best for them. What a total lack of leadership from the school, it never should have gotten far enough for the police to be involved. I could not be more disappointed.

A. Parent  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 3:10 PM

Agree, middle schools are not in the best interest of children. It forces unnecessary change on kids who have been together for 5 years at neighborhood schools; kids are expected to blend with 100s of students from other neighborhood schools. Three years later, another change is forced > OPRF. For what reasons? Preparation for high school? Many students never attend a Middle school, and adjust to high school just fine.

former Julian parent  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 3:08 PM

Do the math: about 350 kids at this challenging age of development X 6 hours a day x 5 days a week = 10,500 person hours. And this is all we have to report? The incident should not have happened, but I'd say the scorecard is still strong for Julian being a safe place.....and why arrest the kid? arrest the parent(s)!

Luke Scottwalker from Oak Park  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 2:26 PM

Open your eyes is being a bit overdramatic, especially when describing OP Parochial schools of 30 years ago (I'm a product of one - 1972). I wish all parties the best working through this. I hate to say "I told you so", but moving from all K-8 schools to the middle school model is now, and was then, a really BAD idea. Once kids get lumped into MS, they lose all school identity and spirit, and this incident is one of the results, as is excessive costs. It failed in California, it's failing here.

Open Your Eyes!  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 2:12 PM

This has been going on for over 30 years in OP schools! I went to an OP Catholic School 30 years ago and this stuff was going on even then. I applaud the mother of the little girl for standing up to the school and to the community! Too many times situations like this get brushed aside with the old "kids will be kids". Behavior like this little boys is learned and most likely at home by lack of supervision or even structure. It is sad that this little boy will now have this scar on his record.


Posted: June 14th, 2011 1:59 PM

I also wish the best for both families. I suspect that kids are not stopped from playing rough games in the hallway which can turn into "someone gets hurt." (no idea if that is the case here). I would like to see paid staff (teachers or someone) in the hallways and on sidewalks being mentors and role models. Tweens need that! Concerned grandma - I don't have kids in middle school, but have many friends who do and I don't think this is AT ALL typical.

Janet Barnstable from Addison  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 1:58 PM

I retired from Julian 1 year ago after 18 years; 48 total teaching years. ALL the kids are really great most of the time; the school is able to instill civility amongst students, staff, the community as a whole. Julian is a fine school and caring. Sometimes someone does not think before acting. It's sad that it reflects upon the entire school.

Patty Reilly-Murphy from Oak Park  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 1:56 PM

The closing of Two Fish is a terrible loss for all of us. As interesting and unique as the women who ran it, people came from all over Chicagoland to shop at Two Fish--and by default, at neighboring businesses as well. Tonya and Cece worked tirelessly and were the inspiration and driving force behind the Madison Street resurgence that Oak Parker's both envied and enjoyed. Let us all learn from this--we need to support the local merchants who add so much to our communities!

Concerned Grandma from Oak Park  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 1:39 PM

My grandchild will be entering Julian in a few years. I sure hope they clean the place up before then. (bullying)

Ann Onymous.com  

Posted: June 14th, 2011 1:22 PM

So sad for all involved. I have two little ones and I dread this part of their lives where the will have to endure the casual cruelty kids wield against each other and hope I teach them to be compassionate to others sufficiently that they are never the catalyst for this sort of pointless mean spirited behavior. I wish both families well in their recovery as they move forward! Let's try and be civilized in our comments These kids and their families don't need more suffering.

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