CPS Offers New Details In Lincoln Park High School Scandal

Rachel Pierson
February 03, 2020 - 9:53 pm
Students from Chicago's Lincoln Park High School staged a walkout Monday morning to protest the suspension of school leaders and the boy's varsity basketball season.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Parents, students and staff members of Lincoln Park High School packed a public meeting Monday night as Chicago Public Schools officials offered more details behind a series of controversial firings and suspensions.

CPS said continuing investigations have determined there were additional instances of sexual misconduct involving students and retaliation against witnesses. The new information comes in the wake of the firing of top administrators at the North Side school and the suspension of the varsity boys’ basketball program for the remainder of the season.

Administrators also released a timeline of events but declined to offer many specifics. The ball began rolling on Jan. 2, according to the timeline, when the Office of Student Protections received a report that the boys’ basketball team made an “unauthorized” overnight trip. Inquiries widened to include a variety of alleged wrongdoing, including the failure of adults to follow protocols to protect students, officials said.

Some attendees of Monday’s meeting said CPS’s actions were too drastic.

Students, angry at the CPS response, staged a walkout Monday morning.