Our sister station WLBK reports that DeKalb County Sheriff’s officials are recommending a battery charge against a Kishwaukee Education Consortium student for the student’s alleged role in an incident with a dean, who no longer works for the school.
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Burgh says one count of misdemeanor battery against the student, who is a juvenile, has been referred to the state’s attorney’s office.
Burgh says the recommended charge stems from the juvenile reaching into the pocket of 37-year-old Justin Schimandle on Sept. 26.
Kishwaukee Education Consortium Executive Director Tom Crouch said on Monday that Schimandle is not currently an employee at the school. Last week, Schimandle was listed on the KEC website as an instructor and dean.
Schimandle has already been charged with a misdemeanor count of battery.
Sheriff’s deputies have said the student confronted Schimandle about a search of the student’s bag for a vape pen.
Deputies say when the student reached into his pocket, Schimandle picked the student up in a bear hug. He allegedly carried the student through the gym and a doorway into the school’s entryway.
Deputies say Schimandle then landed on top of the student and the altercation continued until other staff members helped restrain the student.
The state’s attorney’s office will decide whether to prosecute the student on the battery charge.
Schimandle has already turned himself into the DeKalb County Jail and was released after posting $300 on his $3,000 bond.
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