- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
Teacher struck by student at West Middle School
Teacher trying to break up fight sustains injuries, resulting in trip to emergency room
By Joe McGehee
Thursday, Dec. 3, a teacher at Rockford’s West Middle School sustained injuries that required immediate medical attention after breaking up a fight between two students. Witnesses reported a smaller student was involved in an altercation with a larger student when the teacher intervened.
“A teacher was struck while trying to break up a fight between two students,” said Molly Phalen, president of the Rockford Education Association. “The teacher tried to intervene and stop the fight, but was beaten to the ground by the larger of the two students, which resulted in nerve damage to his upper abdomen.
“This student only received a three-day, out-of-school suspension for attacking a teacher,” Phalen added.
Before confirming the incident with Phalen, The Rock River Times spoke with two teachers who were only willing to comment about the incident on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution. When reached for comment at that time, Rockford Public School District 205 Chief Communications Officer Mark Bonne declined to respond, saying, “We are no longer going to make it our practice to respond to anonymous allegations.” Bonne said he would only reply to allegations if TRRT could provide the name of the individual or individuals making the allegations.
After confirming the incident with Phalen, several calls for Bonne to comment about Phalen’s statement went unreturned.
Since all communications with Rockford Public School District 205 employees and administrators are directed through Bonne, no one else was made available to TRRT for further comment about this incident.
From the Dec. 9-15, 2009 issue