It all happened this week. Bill Clinton cleared Hillary of any wrong doing, the Naperville Police Department cleared Naperville North High School police officer of any wrong doing, and OJ Simpson cleared his reputation by getting paroled. Just keep moving folks, there’s nothing to see here. If Clinton, the NPD, and OJ said it, it must be true.
As much as Naperville city officials want to say it’s over, it’s far from over. ‘It’ being the lawsuit resulting from the suicide of 16-year old, Naperville North student, Corey Walgren. There are so many terrible facets to this story, that it has caught the attention of a country-wide audience from ‘fair and balanced’ Fox News to ‘fake news’ CNN. This is one story that both Fox and CNN can agree.
Watchdog first posted the story June 4 (From Bad, To Worse, To Tragic), with a follow-up posting June 17 calling for Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall to resign(Sometimes It’s Time To Go, Now is the Time). This past week, there was a tragic shooting in Minneapolis by a police officer, when he killed an Australian woman who had called 911 to report an assault. Within a few days the police chief resigned.
In a nutshell, young Corey Walgren meet with a high school dean of students, and high school police officer to discuss a potential serious situation. He was left alone for a brief period of time, and it was during that time that Corey left the high school, walked to downtown Naperville and took his own life by jumping from the fifth floor of a parking garage.
Now the story has gone from tragic to disgusting. Just this last Wednesday (July 19) word came out that the Naperville Police Department completed an internal investigation as did Naperville School District 203 clearing both the police officer and dean of any wrong doing, based on the ‘fact’ that both were following established rules.
That’s it. Over with. Both the NPD and District 203 absolved of any responsibility. This posting has chosen not to include the names of the police officer and high school dean, not because the names are not out in public, but because both have been through enough already. They are good people, they didn’t intend for this to happen. This is tragic for them, along with every person touched by this situation.
For the bureaucratic City of Naperville, school district, and police department, to wash their hands of any responsibility is outrageous. If ‘rules and policies’ were followed, then the rules and policies are horribly flawed and the City, school district, and NPD need to be held accountable, not the individuals following the flawed policy.
A good kid is dead. 16-years old, that’s two times an 8-year old. The NPD said the kid was never in custody, so he could have left the ‘meeting’. That’s supposed absolve them of any responsibility. Do they really think Corey knew he had that option, of course not. I’m in my 7th decade of life and I didn’t know that was an option. And if Corey knew it, or I knew it, neither of us would have abruptly walked out of the ‘meeting’, because it would have been disrespectful to the officer and the dean.
All the people involved in this tragic story are ‘losers’, they have all lost something, some far more than others, while the bureaucratic monolithic structures (City of Naperville and School District) consider themselves just like O.J. with no accountability and no responsibility.