District 128 Statement Regarding Recent ESPN and Chicago Tribune News Story

In regard to the July 17 ESPN segment and recent Chicago Tribune article involving a recent Libertyville High School graduate, Community High School District 128 would like to assure our parents, students and community that the safety and well-being of all students is our highest priority. As such, the district takes any allegations of misconduct very seriously, and campus administrators work through and with appropriate internal and external sources to investigate misconduct allegations.  

When the allegation was made at the mid-May 2015 water polo contest, the LHS coach made the decision to immediately remove our student from the water for the remainder of the contest. He did so as a precaution, and not as an admission of guilt. The contest officials saw no infraction, called no foul, and our student would have been free to continue in the contest.

Shortly after the contest, we were made aware that the young lady and her parents had contacted the Buffalo Grove Police Department and filed a complaint, since the contest was held in Buffalo Grove, and that the Buffalo Grove Police were investigating the complaint. Under the advice of our legal counsel, since the Buffalo Grove police were investigating the complaint, Libertyville High School deferred conducting an investigation of the allegations until the Buffalo Grove police department had completed its investigation. When the police are involved, their investigation goes first. The Buffalo Grove police completed their investigation in mid-June 2015, no charges were filed based on their investigation, and the case was closed. By that time, the LHS student had graduated and the district and school no longer had jurisdiction over the accused student.

As with any legal matter involving students or staff, District 128 is not able to comment further on the situation.