NNHS students disciplined for 'harassment'
An unspecified number of students from Naperville North High School, reportedly members of the marching band, have been disciplined for what a school spokeswoman confirmed was “an incident of student harassment.”
The trouble occurred over the weekend inside the school, at 899 N. Mill St. on Naperville’s north side. It allegedly involved blindfolding and “taunting” of a girl who is a member of the student marching band, according to a source who contacted The Sun.
The source said the incident occurred Saturday near the student cafeteria following a band rehearsal. The student who was targeted is a freshman, said the source, who declined to be identified.
“This was basically a practical joke that got out of hand,” the source said. “Let’s just say (the student) was friends with one of the other people, and one of them took it too far.”
The girl was allegedly blindfolded and then subjected to other band members “taunting and yelling at her and clapping their hands in her face,” the source claimed.
The girl’s alleged tormentors at no time made any sort of physical contact with her, the source said.
A total of four students, two girls and two boys, reportedly participated in the incident.
Susan E. Rice, director of communications for Naperville School District 203, said late Monday night “student privacy rights prohibit the discussion of disciplinary cases.”
“I can share with you that school administration was made aware of an incident of student harassment that merited disciplinary action under school policy and the co-curricular code,” Rice wrote in a statement to The Sun.
“I’ve been in contact with the school principal and the assistant superintendent for secondary education,” Rice said. “They report that a thorough investigation was conducted, and there is nothing to indicate that any hazing took place.”
“Harassment is a serious offense and is treated as such by school and district administration, but there is a distinction between harassment and hazing,” Rice said in concluding her statement.