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Expelled CHS student makes alarming post

By on April 25, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Columbia High School principal Brian Reeves emailed parents Thursday after he discovered a student recently expelled for two years for earlier threats made another concerning social media post last week.

“This morning, I was made aware of a social media post from a former Columbia High School student,” the email from Reeves states. “The post has raised concern about the student’s potential return to campus. 

“For your information, the student in question is prohibited from being on school grounds per the Board of Education’s action taken on April 9. We have assured concerned students that the student will not be returning to CHS. Additionally, I have contacted the proper authorities regarding this matter.” 

The Columbia Police Department was notified of this latest social media post. During the Columbia School Board meeting Thursday, parent Rhonda Reese addressed the board regarding the post and about adding a resource officer to the school.

Columbia school superintendent Dr. Gina Segobiano told Reese there would be an update on that during Tuesday’s school safety informational meeting. For the full story on the safety meeting, pick up a copy of next week’s Republic-Times.

“In the meantime, until that happens, I think you are all aware there was another incident today. I would assume you’re all taking actions, since you’re very friendly with the police department, to get someone on site until that happens,” Reese said. 

“So I hope that relationship is being utilized to get that on site until the end of the school year. I understand that there’s a formal process.”

“There is,” Segobiano responded. “And we’ll talk about that Tuesday and there’s been communication I can assure you. It just doesn’t happen overnight. I wish it could. 

“Trust me. I wish it could be that easy. But the communication has been set with (Columbia Police Chief Jerry Paul) and hopefully we can answer your questions sooner than later.” 

Reese also shared her appreciation for Reeves contacting parents immediately following the incident.

“And I do want to say, I commend that Mr. Reeves sent out the communication as fast as he did. So we appreciate that,” Reese expressed.

Sean McGowan

Sean is a die-hard Cubs fan, despite the relentless peer pressure coming from the rest of the Republic-Times staff. He and his wife, Jacqui, have been married for two years. Originally from the west suburbs of Chicago, Sean and his wife moved down to Normal to attend Illinois State University and stayed central Illinois residents for the past four years. email:sean@republictimes.net