A disabled suburban student was apparently pushed around and intimidated by other students in an altercation that was caught on video, officials say.
NBC 5 has seen the video, but has not yet obtained permission to share the footage.
The clip, which has made the rounds on social media, shows the pupil being pushed to the ground in the boys’ toilets at York High School in the suburb of Elmhurst.
In a letter to parents, the school principal described the events depicted in the video as “an aggressive physical altercation by one student towards another student with a disability, while a group of bystanders watched and laughed”.
At one point in the video, the student retreats to a bathroom stall and closes the door.
“Such behavior is not tolerated,” the letter read. “The students involved in the situation have been interviewed and significant school consequences have been issued.”
After the images were published, an outraged student started a Change.Org petition, exposing what had happened and calling for dramatic change.
“We York students feel compelled to make immediate and sweeping changes for the better, with appropriate consequences,” the petition reads. “We hope the administration recognizes the situation and finds an appropriate consequence as such. We’ve had enough of this abuse.
The district says interviews are ongoing and an investigation is underway.
“Interviews and guidance will continue to be fully reviewed to ensure a full understanding of all details relating to this incident, including the moments before and after what is seen in the video,” the district statement read in part.
School officials also say police have been in contact with the student’s parents.