UPDATED: Three staff assaults at Jefferson High School Jan. 21-22
Editor’s note: The following report was last updated at 4:20 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27.
By Joe McGehee
According to Rockford Public School District 205 incident reports, three staff assaults took place at Jefferson High School between Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21-22.
“Two of the assaults took place on Jan. 21,” said Mark Bonne, chief communications officer for District 205. “The third staff assault took place on Jan. 22.”
Bonne went on to state the incident reports did not indicate any injuries were sustained by the staff members assaulted. However, in two of the cases, students pushed teachers out of their way as they were exiting the classroom prior to the conclusion of class.
According to the incident reports, the third staff assault included a student grabbing a teacher’s arm to try to stop them from walking away from a conversation the student wanted to finish.
“They will be recommended for discipline in accordance with the District’s discipline code,” Bonne added.
Rockford Police Sgt. Mike Spelman said: “There were two arrests stemming from the staff assaults. One juvenile female was charged with two counts [to two different teachers] of aggravated battery to a teacher.
“The other juvenile male was charged with one count of aggravated battery to a teacher when he grabbed the teacher’s arm,” Spelman added.
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