Attea Middle School student injures another student with chair thrown down stairwell

Updated 10/7/2021 12:44 AM

A student at Attea Middle School in Glenview injured another student late last month by throwing a chair into a stair well from a third-floor landing, officials said.

Calling the event "an unprecedented disruption," this week's Attea Flyers parent newsletter said the student hit by the chair "is recovering well and now back home."


Cathy Kedjidjian, Glenview School District 34 director of Communications & Strategic Planning, said the incident at Attea, 2500 Chestnut Ave., occurred at dismissal, around 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 28. The student hit by the chair was on the stairs at the time, she said.

Glenview Police Sgt. Joel Detloff said a boy threw the chair into the open stairway and hit a girl.

Neither Detloff nor Kedjidjian provided any further information about the boy accused of throwing the chair; Kedjidjian didn't discuss any disciplinary action taken, citing student privacy rules. She added that the family of the injured girl has asked not to be identified.

"The school and the district did take quick and appropriate action to address the situation," Kedjidjian said, adding that clinical staff members and social workers were on site the rest of the week for support.

"We know that parents are concerned, and we take the safety and well-being of students as our top priority. This is an unusual incident; it's definitely outside the normal experience at Attea and all of our schools, but we look at every opportunity to look at our processes and procedures and our facilities to make sure we're doing everything possible to protect our students and staff," she said.

Detloff said Glenview Police Department had completed its investigation and turned it over to the Cook County State's Attorney juvenile division. The state's attorney's office, when contacted by email, provided no further information.

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