ELMHURST – A social media post that was circulating the evening of Nov. 26 regarding a Bryan Middle School administrator has been found to be false, district and Elmhurst Police Department personnel reported Nov. 27.
District superintendent David Moyer said in a Nov. 27 emailed statement response that the post on the popular site Snapchat was circulating briefly among students at Bryan Middle School and possibly other students across District 205 alleging inappropriate behavior by an administrator at the school.
"The message is from a familiar prank website and there is no credible evidence of wrong doing. The District’s finding is that the post was intended to be a joke and meant to be funny. However, these types of posts are not humorous and could be considered digital trolling/bullying as such messages can have an incredibly negative impact on all parties involved," Moyer said in the email.
Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief Mike McLean said in a phone interview Nov. 27 that the district learned of the incident through its quick tips program.
McLean said the district notified the police of the false post, and school resource officers, who are Elmhurst police detectives who work in the schools, conducted an investigation and learned that the post was created by two students and found it to be false.
McLean added that the investigation is still ongoing, and school resource officers will determine how to best resolve it. As it is a juvenile investigation, furhter information will not be released about the suspects, McLean said.
"District 205 takes this incident seriously and will continue to work with Elmhurst Police Department and our Middle School Police Liaisons to investigate the posting and determine the appropriate course of action. Thank you to our parents for reporting this issue quickly. Our school community continues to be the greatest resource of information concerning school safety," Moyer added in the email.
McLean said that incidents of this nature involving school staff members are rare.
"But I think this is a good example of how we need to scrutinize things we see on the internet as they can often-times be untrue," McLean said.
To use the district's QuickTip 205 feature, visit www.elmhurst205.org/quickTip.