Additional Update Regarding October 19 Incident at Marlowe

 

 

Update 11/1/17

On October 19 Huntley 158 informed the community about a threat that had been reported at Marlowe Middle School. On October 30 we provided an update with additional information.

Since that time, additional media reports have come out about the incident. This message serves to update the community with as much information as we are able to share at this time.

What We Can Confirm

  • The District has taken and continues to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the school.
  • The State’s Attorney announced charges on October 30 against the student responsible, including hate crime and disorderly conduct charges.
  • In addition to the ongoing criminal justice process, there is a school district disciplinary process underway, the details of which cannot be shared.
  • The disciplinary process is designed to apply the strongest appropriate consequences for the student responsible and to ensure the safety of the school environment going forward.
  • As police have communicated, at no time were students, faculty or staff in danger.

What We Cannot Comment On/Confirm at This Time

  • The name or other personally identifiable information of the student responsible.
  • Any details related to the ongoing criminal proceedings or student disciplinary matters.
  • Specifics of news reports beyond the comments from our spokesperson and the Lake in the Hills Police Department.

What We’re Doing to Address Hate and Violence

  • Preventing bullying, appreciating differences in others, and reporting threatening or inappropriate behaviors have been addressed with the whole school in many ways, including regular lessons in advisory classes.
  • On the back of all student IDs is a phone number students can use to anonymously report incidents.
  • An anti-bullying speaker will address all Marlowe students at assemblies on November 6. The principal also will address students at these assemblies to reiterate that behavior that threatens or demeans another person for who they are will not be tolerated.
  • A student leadership team was created earlier this year and has met regularly with school administration to discuss issues of school culture.
  • A District-wide Diversity and Inclusion Working Group convened last year is working to address issues for the entire district based on input from students and parents.

Our Assurances to the Community

  • Student safety is always our number one priority.
  • We will continue to communicate as much complete, accurate, timely and relevant information to our families as we are able to within the confines of state and federal guidelines.
  • We will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
  • We’re here for all of our students, always.

What We Ask of Our Community

  • Trust that the District treats student safety as the utmost priority and strives to communicate as transparently as possible during incidents of concern.
  • Continue to discuss these issues with your children, and promptly report any concerns to the school or police.
  • If you have further concerns or questions, you may contact the Marlowe Office, District Office, or the Lake in the Hills Police Department. However, please know that we likely will be unable to share further details, as outlined above.

Thank you,

Henry Soltesz
Principal
Marlowe Middle School

Update 10/30/17

Marlowe Middle School families,

We want to provide you an update regarding the incident we informed you about on October 19.

Please continue to be our partners in educating our students about the seriousness of this kind of behavior and the serious consequences that any student who creates or shares messages of this kind will face. If you or your student becomes aware of a threatening message, please report it to the school or police.

Below is the information shared by the Lake in the Hills Police Department today:

On Oct. 19th, 2017 the Lake in the Hills Police Department received a call from Marlowe Middle School that a parent reported a video that was posted on social media by a juvenile student.  The juvenile student was not in class at the time of the posting.  The video was reported to be threatening in nature. At no time were students, faculty or staff in danger and the student who posted the video was taken into police custody.

After a thorough investigation and cooperative effort between Marlowe Middle School and the McHenry County State’s Attorney, the juvenile was petitioned to court and charged with the following:

  • One count Hate Crime 720 ILCS 5/12-7.1-B-5-3
  • One count Disorderly Conduct 720 ILCS 5/26-1-A-1
  • One count Disorderly Conduct 720 ILCS 5/26-1-A-3.5

For any further questions regarding court processing please call the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office at (815) 334-4159.

Thank you,

Henry Soltesz
Principal
Marlowe Middle School

Original Message 10/19/17

Reed Road families,

We became aware this morning of a threatening video message posted to social media by a Marlowe student. The identity of the student responsible for the video is known, and the student is currently with law enforcement. At no time was the student on the campus today, and at no time were students in danger.

Reed Road schools were temporarily placed on soft lockdown this morning in the course of the investigation. This lockdown has been lifted, and business will continue as usual at the schools.

We are continuing to work with Lake in the Hills Police Department to investigate this incident, ensure safety of the school environment, and take proper recourse against the student responsible.

Please continue to be our partners in educating your students about the seriousness of this kind of behavior and the serious consequences that any student who creates or shares messages of this kind will face. If you or your student becomes aware of a threatening message, please report it to the school or police.

Thank you.

John Burkey
Superintendent

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