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School board meeting gives few answers in Milledgeville’s explicit photos investigation

Parents in Milledgeville, Illinois hoped to learn more about allegations high school students shared sexually explicit images of a classmate on their cell phones, but answers were hard to come by at a special meeting.

The Chadwick-Milledgeville School Board held a closed door, special meeting on Monday, May 5, 2014.

The meeting comes after Milledgeville, Illinois Police were investigating allegations of students at Milledgeville High School sharing sexually explicit photos of another student using Snapchat.

“I can only report that it’s a special board meeting consisting of a closed session and we’ll be discussing personal matter and student disciplinary matter,” said Superintendent Tim Schurman.

Several people attended the open part of the meeting. Many of them with concerns about how the district will handle the investigation.

“I really hope they’ll take some measures that will cause young people to think before they do some of the things they do,” said Diane Bracken, a former teacher.

“What I can say is that whenever we have a student disciplinary matter and concerns such as harassment or hazing are brought to our attention, we immediately begin a swift and thorough investigation of the matter and if the evidence in fact dictates a punishment or some sort of consequence, close punishments are handed down,” said Schurman.

The closed meeting lasted nearly two hours.

3 comments

  • Ninety-one

    Looks like they are implementing a media strategy…sorry you wasted the long drive to Milledgeville.

    I wonder “what did they know, when did they know it.”

    Did the victim’s mom call the school and get nowhere, making her wish to call the police? Did the school know about this before the police chief came along, and did they try to deal with it in-house first?

    Need a better timeline for a parent to know how to judge the school district.

    Don’t closed sessions end with a limited public summary of what they did? What happened here?

    Good interview with Bracken. I never appreciated her as her student, but she is alright.

  • Nobodyspecial

    Wasn’t there a vote scheduled? What were they planning to vote on and why didn’t they? I can’t help but think, if no vote happened and the meeting seemed pointless, was the story exaggerated in the first place for them to have not done anything further? Of course, we wont know what happened behind closed doors. But a briefing would’ve been nice. It certainly could’ve eliminated some of the he said/she said happening on social media. Perhaps there was nothing for them to know? That’s why there was no big announcement?

  • in shock

    Too many rumors floating around. I don’t believe any of them and won’t until they are confirmed. Too bad the reporters don’t ask the police for an update. It is obvious to me that the school board had some type of business to discuss but maybe it isn’t what everyone thinks. I am tired of listening to people speculate. Until a formal announcement is made-I am tuning out.

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