After students this morning staged a protest at the start of classes, Evanston Township High School officials issued a statement saying they are aware of a video that appears to show staff members stealing from student lockers.
Assistant Superintendent Marcus Campbell in the statement says the matter is being investigated by the Evanston Police Department and that the school “will take appropriate actions as more details become available.”
Campbell says the school “is taking these allegations very seriously and we understand the concerns of students and families.” He asks anyone with information to contact the dean’s office at 847-424-7900.
The student protest reportedly ended without incident and it’s not known how many students took part.
Update 10:56 a.m.: Evanston Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the department’s school resource officers are involved in the investigation at the school but that no details are available yet.
Update 11:30 a.m.: Some parents, including ones posting on a social media group for ETHS parents, say their students have been complaining about locker thefts at the school for months but that the complaints had been dismissed until today.
Update: 1:05 p.m.: Cmdr. Dugan says police have seen the video, but are trying to locate the student who created it to be able to confirm its authenticity.
He said officers are also seeking information from other students who may have had items stolen from their lockers to try to better assess the scope of the problem.
Dugan says students or parents with information can also call the police department at 847-866-5000 and asked to be put in touch with a school resource officer at the school.