LTHS suspends wrong student even with video footage?

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Concerned Parent

Lockport, IL

#1 Nov 1, 2013
Anyone else hear about it? My daughter had some friends over from LTHS last night and they said that a student at East was suspended because deans saw him do something wrong on their video cameras there. The student told their parents he was innocent and the parents pressed the school and upon watching the footage again the school realized that a staff member identified the wrong student and had suspended the wrong student!

How does that happen? Anyone else hear about it? If i was the parents I would be livid!!!!!! That is ridiculous! I hope if this happened the staff involved in identifying the wrong kid are in trouble.
Kate Janes

Lockport, IL

#2 Nov 1, 2013
Wow! That is crazy. Have to ask my son about it since he goes to East campus. I hope the school gives a formal apology to that student and his family. And staff involved in that should for sure be reprimanded. Mistakes like that don't just happen. If I was the parents involved you would see me at the next school board meeting raising holy heck about how that could happen. Parents should be able to trust the school and what staff there says.
lths parent

Lockport, IL

#3 Nov 1, 2013
I heard about this too. What a shame when you can't trust the schools word. Wonder how many other students have been punished for things they didn't do there.
lths parent

Lockport, IL

#5 Nov 1, 2013
Statistically Speaking wrote:
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Probably NOWHERE NEAR as many that got away with wrongdoings.
Very true. I'm sure a lot of kids get away with things. But suspending the wrong student is a pretty big deal.
Shocked and Outraged

Morris, IL

#6 Nov 1, 2013
I heard about this too yesterday. This isn't the first time I have heard a story there about the wrong student getting punished for something at LTHS. They really need to check into how they investigate things over there before they hand out discipline because they can ruin a child's high school experience by suspending the wrong student. This poor child yesterday probably felt awful. I can only imagine what the child and parents went through over this. It is my understanding that the child was never even questioned by the school about the incident. The parents received a call in the morning saying their child was guilty and wasn't allowed in school. It was only when the parents went in to speak to the school about it because their student said he was innocent that the mistake was found. I too don't understand how video surveillance can be used and that mistake be made.
Well

Lockport, IL

#7 Nov 1, 2013
Camera's don't have best resolution all the time.
lths parent

Lockport, IL

#9 Nov 1, 2013
Well wrote:
Camera's don't have best resolution all the time.
Then they probably shouldn't use that as the definite way to identify and discipline a student.
Citizen

Lockport, IL

#10 Nov 2, 2013
And that is how lawsuits happen.
baloo

Homer Glen, IL

#11 Nov 2, 2013
Statistically Speaking wrote:
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Not to mention, MANY of these teenagers are technology whiz-kids and can probably tamper with or alter whatever cheap, sub-par equipment the schools use anyhow.
I'd think very few (if any) students would have the skill to change the security recordings, but goes to show how out of touch the adult generation when they have a video right in front of their eyes and still make the wrong decision.#lazy #confused
Surprised

Lockport, IL

#12 Nov 3, 2013
I don't quite understand how something like this happens? If you have video of a student doing something wrong how do you identify the wrong student and punish them? If the resolution is low then you investigate further and make sure you have the right kid. It shouldn't be "oh we need this solved now so lets just do eenie meanie mini moe!"

And how do you suspend a student for something without even talking to the student about what happened? A call to the parents before school saying the student isn't allowed there so don't send them today? Seriously?

What they should have done was after watching the low quality video investigate further. Call the kid into the office for questioning. Question other students that were in that area at the time to see if they knew who did it.

Their knee jerk reaction is appalling. I am glad these parents trusted their child's word enough to question the school.
Bag O Whack

Bolingbrook, IL

#13 Nov 3, 2013
I was told the school will apologize to any students who were traumatized by this awful event and will be offered cotton candy in 2 flavors on Monday.
Say What

Lockport, IL

#14 Nov 8, 2013
Just shows they're all human and make mistakes. Just hope the corrected it and did something to try to make sure it never happens again

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