Illinois high school student arrested for facebook bullying

east park high schoolA teenage male in Illinois was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for creating and circulating an offensive list on the internet which ranked female students at his high school. The 17-year-old was a student at Oak Park and River Forest High School, though his name hasn’t been released due to his age.

Oak Park police told the Chicago Tribune that the list contained 50 female students, all rated on their body parts and detailing their alleged sexual activity. The list also used racial slurs to describe those students. The teenage male is accused of circulating hard copies of the list on Jan. 14 during the school’s lunch period. The list was posted online as well, circulating among his social group on Facebook.

The teenager was arrested at his home on May 9 and charged with disorderly conduct. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Oak Park law enforcement stated there will be no further charges, saying, “After the conclusion of the investigation, this case is closed.”

School officials haven’t released any details about disciplinary actions, but the student does not attend the Oak Park and River Forest High School any longer. The student may have been expelled as punishment for cyber bullying and inappropriate use of technology, which go against the school’s code of conduct. A similar case happened in 2009 at the same school where a student e-mailed a list of female students to his friends.

Officials have said, “This incident also has spurred us to review and augment our communications and educational outreach to students and families about these issues as we raise awareness and reiterate expectations of respectful behavior toward all.”

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