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ETHS Sex Assault Concerns Residents, Alum; School Remains Quiet

While no new details have been released about the sexual assault that police say happened Monday between two students, people online are voicing their anger and frustration that such a crime could be committed at the school.

Evanston Township High School is staying mum on on Monday. Yet as news of the arrest of a 14-year-old student spread across the Internet, many alum and Evanston residents wondered how such a thing could happen.

The ’s press office did not return repeated calls from Evanston Patch Tuesday evening and Wednesday with requests for more information about the incident and how security is handled at the school in general. The school posted Tuesday's police press release on its website.

said a school security officer found a 14-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl engaged in a sex act on Monday during school hours. Evanston police said they determined that the boy forced the girl to perform the act against her will, and charged him with criminal sexual assault.

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Cmdr. Jason Parrott said he did not know what stairway the incident occurred in nor whether the boy and girl are in the same grade.

He explained that due to the age of the students and the nature of the crime, his department has no more information to release at this time.

“When it involves underage people as young as the victim and the offender, we release minimal information” he said. “We want to have the least impact on the victim and the victim’s family.”

While information about the crime was scarce, the basic outline of the incident shocked many online commenters.

On Twitter, Yvonne wrote: “That really is terrible. I mean ETHS had/has its issues of course, but its really too bad this incident happened”

Charliese wrote, “#Evanston, please get your [expletive] together. Sexual assault at the high school? Ew. Sit in class and read a damn book.”

And Alex Harris responded, “man I'm telling you ETHS is getting reckless & has been since we left.”

Many people online questioned ETHS’ security, including Patch reader Debirag, who wrote: “Since it appears ETHS is rife with criminal activities occurring in its hallways at all times, why aren't the many guards doing their jobs at all times. Most of the time, the guards are talking to each other casually, looking at their phones, or standing as if in a stupor. I know because I subbed there and witnessed this. this is what we're paying taxes for...and more of the same lax cronyism behavior at the school.”

On an article about the incident on Evanston Now, commenter Sam defended the school’s security team. “It's an enormous building with 3000 students and a few dozen security guards. There's literally no way that even a majority of the students can be monitored at all times. I think the main purpose of security is to prevent a fight from snowballing into a riot.”

Sully April 21, 2012 at 03:55 AM
I didnt say he was guilty. I have no clue as to the actual details. I stated that. It very well may have been consentual. But if it was not, I disagree that she should have been able to stop him. And Leroy, if you look at the statistics, when it's a he said-she said, it's usually the he that ends up winning in the courts. Playing the victim card for men is kind of weak.
Leroy April 21, 2012 at 06:25 AM
But Sully, this is a case about a 14 yr old boy and a 15 yr old girl in a school. Young lives have been affected. It's just a sad situation. I feel for all parties involved from the safety officer to the children, it must be pretty depressing. I wish them all the best. As for the stats, who wants to go to court in a situation where you are completely innocent. Not me!
annie April 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
In the what ifs of life, if she was not forced, and they both decided to fool around, in the stairwell, they both need to accept the consequences of their actions. It's not appropriate behavior at school. And they both need to know that. Kids do stupid things everyday and yes, sometimes, they do need to go to court, so that they understand, that they can't just do what they want when they want. It's not that easy to stand in front of a judge in juvenile court. Even if the charges are dropped, they have both been humiliated and maybe thats the punishment.
Richard Schulte April 21, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Is it any wonder that the incident at ETHS occurred given the example that adults set for our children? This week the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Columbia made the news. A year ago, it was recently married Congressman Anthony Weiner (D) sending pictures of his genitalia to a 22 year old woman while his wife was pregnant. And then there was married Governor Elliott Spitzer (D) who resigned after his affair with a Washington DC prostitute came to light. Spitzer was rewarded with his own show on CNN. Aside from the sexual exploits of President Clinton (D) and President Kennedy (D) being publicly discussed, the all time champion of sexual exploits was Senator Ted Kennedy (D) who drove off a bridge late at night and left a young female aide to drown without reporting the incident in the late 1960's who was rewarded for this deed by being re-elected time after time by the people of Massachusetts (instead of spending time in prison) and who even dared to run for the office of the President of the United States in 1980. It's likely that the young man involved in this incident at ETHS has a successful career in (Democrat) politics ahead of him. Why should our children think that what happened at ETHS was unacceptable behavior given our lax standards of behavior by men in our highest public offices?
Leroy April 21, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Some really great statements here. Hey Richard, I feel the same way about Spitzer. What a hypocrite he is! Annie, you make a good point too. The charges will probably get dropped soon if they have not been already. That school needs a complete overhaul! The kids run it. They have no fear of facing consequences so they treat adults and each other with little or no respect. They know the punishment is laughable. You have no idea how many kids have been caught selling or using drugs, having sex, carrying weapons more than once and are still students. It is not a safe place. Your tax dollars are being abused people.
Richard Schulte April 21, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Leroy: "Your tax dollars are being abused people." Leroy's observations about ETHS are correct and the folks who live in Evanston need to take responsibility for the disaster that is called ETHS. The folks who live in Evanston also need to take responsibility for fixing the problems in the Evanston school system. I lived in Evanston since 1983 and I knew all about the poor schools in Evanston years ago. I sent my son to Baker Demonstration School for 9 years instead of the public schools in Evanston. Recently, I fled Evanston (and Illinois) in disgust-it's called voting with your feet. More residents will be making the decision to flee Evanston if things don't change soon.
Sully April 21, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Of course! It's all the democrats fault! Richard, not everything is a result of political ideology so get over it. There are just as many cases involving republicans. It's a HUMAN issue, Rich, not a political one.
annie April 21, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Leroy, I can't say I agree with you that the kids run the school. My child told me just the other day, that its a "police state". The sec guards yell at you if you aren't in class without a pass. Can't get out at lunch time if you don't have your ID. Drugs? Kids pass pills in the hallways easily, and if they get caught, they are out. For example, if your kid takes Xanax for medication, don't be surprised if your kid sells a few on the side for a few bucks. Sex? I am sure kids have been doing it for years. Everyone knows who the pushers are. If you want drugs you can get them. Both of my kids have been offered heroin on the campus, & both said nope. If you use heroin once, you are hooked. The dealers pass it out like candy for free, at ALL high schools, so they can hook in the suburban kids. Parents have to be aware of whats going on with their kids. Some parents don't want to know or are in denial. If you give your kid $20 a day or on Fridays, you have to wonder where that money is going. It does bother me that you're saying kids are carrying guns because no one carries an unloaded gun. I would like to see metal detectors at the doors. The kids that want to go somewhere in life can get a good education at ETHS. There are always a few bad apples in every crowd. Both my kids have told me you learn to navigate around the troublemakers.
Festus McMoron April 21, 2012 at 06:58 PM
leroy, what's a "c.i.t.a.? (Christians In Theatre Arts??)
Festus McMoron April 21, 2012 at 06:59 PM
leroy, whats a c.i.t.a.?? (Christians In Theatre Arts??)
Richard Schulte April 21, 2012 at 07:43 PM
An interesting comment by Sully. Yesterday, he told us his comments are just opinions and that we shouldn't argue with him. Now he wants to argue about a comment. Sully's rules-only he gets to argue-the rest of us have to shut up and listen to him. Sully is an elitist who thinks the rest us are idiots and he has said so many times. Let me make the point once again, because you apparently missed it. The problem is a societal problem-the permissive atmosphere with regard to sex makes our children think that it ain't no big deal. Our children listen to what we say, but also watch what we actually do. JFK, Ted Kennnedy, Clinton, Weiner were allowed to do whatever they wanted without repercussions-in fact, Democrats stoutly defended their obnoxious behavior. If you defend their behavior, you are endorsing their behavior and our children see that. And yes, it is a problem caused by Democrats. If you know the name of a Republican who got drunk and drove off a bridge and let his female aide drown without any attempt to help her, please name that Republican. If you know the name of a Republican politicians who sent a picture of his genitalia to a 22 year old female, name that Republican politician. The Democrat war on American social values has been on-going since the 1960's. What happened at ETHS is a direct result of the Democrat attack on American social values. Sorry, that's the way I see it and don't argue with me about my opinion Sully.
Tea April 21, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Hello Again everyone. About two years ago, when my granddaughter was 9 years old, one of her male classmates reached over and touched her private area. My granddaughter punched the young boy in his face with her fist and screamed and ran to her teacher. I was so proud of how my granddaughter defended herself. In both her home and mine, our girls are reminded constantly that no one touches them and how to defend themselves. The teachings starts at home. Of course, if the person assaulting you is bigger and stronger, the situation changes, but a woman should still be capable of defending herself. In all seriousness, I have no clue as to how I would react or respond to an assault, but, pray that I don't lose my sense of defense. Again, none of us knows for sure what really happened in this situation and consensual behavior is still a probability. By the way-the little boy who touched my grandchild was simply expelled from school for a week and his parents never showed at the school for a conference or apologized or gave an explanation regarding their son's behavior.
Sully April 21, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Look up Larry Craig and Mark Foley, Richard. While you're at it, how about David Vitter, John Ensign and Mark Samford? Make it political and blame the dems (just as you do for everything else under the sun), but the truth is, it's a human condition, not a political one.
annie April 21, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Tea, I agree with you 100%. My kids have grown up knowing its NOT ok to let someone hit or touch them inappropriately. Still, its easier said than done. Some kids can fight back and some kids can't. At teenage age, for a girl, if you like the guy, you might not fight back, rather you might accept it. Sad isn't it? As far as the parents go with that boy, perhaps the parents were so embarrassed, and maybe they really did not know what to do. Who knows, maybe the little boy sees his father grab his mother that way and he is repeating what he sees.
Richard Schulte April 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM
And now Sully wants to argue with me-just 24 hours ago, Sully told us not to argue with him. Well, pray tell, what did that list of people you just named do and what happened to each of them? Nothing remotely resembling what JFK, Ted Kennedy, Clinton or Weiner have done. Senator Vitter is the only one in your list who remains a national politician and please note that Vitter is from Louisiana which is the only State in the Union which has French roots-Louisiana still uses the Napoleonic Code. Louisiana has different attitudes toward prostitution than every other state, except Nevada. The attitudes toward sex vary quite differently along the political spectrum. To pretend, as Sully wants us to believe, that the left (Democrats) have the same attitudes toward sex as the right is another "fairy tale" that Sully wants us to believe. Sorry Sully, we are not idiots. Yes, society's approach to the issue of sex matters to our children. What you see with the incident at ETHS is an expression of Democrat values pressed upon us for 50 years. And what you see with Sully's comment is his (Democrat's) attempt to slither out of taking responsibility for sexualizing our children today. I believe it's called Democrat's war on women.
shirley April 22, 2012 at 01:40 AM
before eveyone assumes a crime took place, hold those thoughts until all the facts are in. I have no defense for anyone who sexually assaults anyone else, however let's wait and be sure that's what it was. based on most of the comments posted here, the student arrested has been convicted of the crime he is accused and people are convicting his parents as well as the school. his guilt is not determined merely at his arrest.
john April 22, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Jessie, There are cameras in hallways and stairwells at ETHS. But NOBODY monitors them! Eths staff only view then AFTER an incident! Also, many of the cameras don't work and there are dead spots. Many students know this!!!
john April 22, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Problem is nobody live monitors them! Many don't work! Many dead spots!
john April 22, 2012 at 02:26 AM
What were the kids doing out of class for so long? These are freshman! They do not have open campus! How long were the out of class? Where were they suppose to be? Who is checking that out?
Sully April 22, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Richard, can you just for one second consider that not everything is centered around you or is not always a political issue? You treat everything as a personal attack, no matter the subject.
Leroy April 22, 2012 at 03:23 AM
You are right Annie, kids that seek an education can get it at ETHS, kids that seek nonsense can get that too. The kids do run the school despite what your kids say. It's not quite a police state. What your kids mention are probably just items that are in the school handbook or whatever you call it. Great job by you of being a good parent! Need more like you!
Leroy April 22, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Caught In the act = c.i.t.a. You are too funny!
Leroy April 22, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Thanks Shirley! I keep saying that also.
annie April 22, 2012 at 03:45 AM
When you read here, or in the newspaper, "a sexual assault took place at OUR high school, its bound to cause a reaction. But? things aren't always what they seem, and really we can't believe everything we read. As a parent, this is what I know, its the toughest job in the world, you don't get paid for it. Until you have a child, you have NO idea, whats its about. From 14-19, its the hardest time of a parents life. Teenagers are impulsive people, and its me, me, and me. Every parent I know, has one kid who has been in trouble at some point,:curfew,pot, booze, speeding way over the limit, whatever it is, from every hs around here. As parents, we can't get rid of them, they are ours! And if we look back, we weren't saints either when we were young. We all did very stupid things. When our kids make mistakes, we don't love them any less. Hopefully we are there for them to help them thru the difficulty. At some point in time, they have to accept and be responsible for their own actions. If they continue to make those bad choices, there are bigger consequences,like getting kicked out of school, or jail, or something being on their record for the REST of their life. There is no perfect parent and there is no perfect child. This is a tough time for both kids, their parents, and their siblings. If you know them, be supportive of them, whatever the outcome is. We never know what tomorrow brings.
Richard Schulte April 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Sully, why are you so defensive? Do you read your posts? You're derisive, post disinformation and try to shout people down, not to mention the censorship campaign which you orchestrated on Patch. You (and Democrats in general) are constantly on the attack and then complain when someone uses your tactics on you. Our children are influenced by the actions of adults-that should be obvious. Our children are influenced by what they see on television and what they hear from music-that should also be obvious. The adults in this society have created a society which has sexualized our young children and all of this started in the 1960's. Who promotes the sexualization of our young children? The left. Who is attacked for promoting marriage and intact family structures? The right. It should be obvious who is correct in this argument. Not only have Democrats made a mess of the American economy, but they have made a mess of American society. The two go hand-in-hand. The incident at ETHS is only one symptom of the mess that has been created by the left in America.
Festus McMoron April 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM
....did anyone hear that the charges have been dropped against the boy? if they have, the police should say so. thanks.
annie April 23, 2012 at 01:09 PM
After someone is arrested, you never hear about it again. I would be surprised if we ever hear anything about it.
Emily Stone (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I wanted to make sure you all saw today's story on how teens can protect themselves from sexual violence and who to turn to should they become victims. Regardless of what exactly happened or who is to blame, this is important information. http://patch.com/A-sDgq
Sea Gracia May 01, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I am a student at Eths and our security is fine and they do the best they can. Don't blame the adults blame the child and make them own up to their actions.
Sea Gracia May 01, 2012 at 09:19 PM
As a student that attends this school the security shouldn't be at fault for others people actions and especially when they have to deal with thousands of kids at a time. Instead the kids trying to have sex they should've been in class with their heads in the books. Place blame where blame is due and don't use others as scapegoats.

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