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Huntley District 158 issues statement on Marlowe Middle School student's hate crime charges

H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com 
Marlowe Middle School principal Adam Zehr and sixth grade literacy teacher Tricia Baltzersen discuss curriculum after classes on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.  Zehr joined Huntley School District 158 four years ago as an assistant principal. A year later, he entered the mentorship program the district offers for new principals.
H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com Marlowe Middle School principal Adam Zehr and sixth grade literacy teacher Tricia Baltzersen discuss curriculum after classes on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Zehr joined Huntley School District 158 four years ago as an assistant principal. A year later, he entered the mentorship program the district offers for new principals.

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A student charged with a hate crime and disorderly conduct also will face a Huntley School District 158 disciplinary process, Marlowe Middle School Principal Henry Soltesz said in a statement to parents Wednesday.

Police responded to Marlowe Middle School, 9625 Haligus Road, after a parent reported a threatening video to social media Oct. 19.

Police said students and staff were not in danger, but Reed Road schools in Lake in the Hills temporarily were placed on a soft lockdown.

A minor later was charged with a hate crime and disorderly conduct in connection with the video.

Soltesz said in a statement that District 158 officials won’t discuss details of the disciplinary process, but he said that it “is designed to apply the strongest appropriate consequences for the student responsible and to ensure the safety of the school environment going forward.”

The school district said it has measures in place to address hate, violence and bullying, including a hotline for anonymous reports, a student leadership team and a diversity and inclusion work group.

“Preventing bullying, appreciating differences in others and reporting threatening or inappropriate behaviors have been addressed with the whole school in many ways,” the statement read.

An anti-bullying speaker is scheduled to speak to Marlowe students during multiple assemblies Monday.

Soltesz also will speak to “reiterate that behavior that threatens or demeans another person for who they are will not be tolerated,” according to his statement.

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