A 14-year-old high school student at Oak Park-River Forest High School has been charged with dissemination of an obscene message.
The student was identified as the source of a swastika distributed to students on their mobile devices via Apple’s AirDrop feature. This took place at OPRF’s “Tradition of Excellence” school assembly last week. Once school administrators heard reports of the situation, they worked with Oak Park police that afternoon to identify the individual responsible for the mass AirDrop.
Interim Oak Park Police Chief LaDon Reynolds said in a news release, “I want to assure them and the entire community that the Oak Park police and our network of law enforcement agencies across the region are focused on bringing such troubling incidents to an end.” A letter sent to parents of OPRF students by Superintendent, Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams addressed the issue of hate speech and intimidation and cited “The safety of your children and our staff is our number one priority. We will have an extra police presence on campus this week.” Pruitt-Adams also pledged to form a student advisory committee by Thanksgiving.