Our sister station WLBK reports that a dean at the Kishwaukee Education Consortium in DeKalb County, faces a battery charge after police say he had an altercation with a student in September.
DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies say the altercation involving 37-year-old Justin Schimandle happened on Sept. 26 and began over a search of a student’s bag for a vaping pen.
Schimandle is listed on the KEC website as an instructor and the dean of the school’s "Restart" program.
The student confronted Schimandle about the search in the school’s gym. Deputies say the student was trying to reach into Schimandle’s pocket when he placed the student in a bear hug and carried the student through the gym.
According to deputies, Schimandle then used the student’s body to go through a door into the entryway of the school. Deputies say Schimandle then landed on top of the student and the altercation continued until other staff members helped restrain the student.
The student later left school. Deputies say a family member was notified and met with school administration.
The sheriff’s office was contacted about the incident by the school the following morning and then the student’s family later that day.
A single count of a misdemeanor charge of battery was filed against Schimandle after, what the sheriff’s office calls, an extensive investigation and a review with the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office.
His bond was set at $3,000. Schimandle turned himself into the DeKalb County Jail and was released after posting $300.
Messages left for KEC administration asking for Schimandle’s employment status were not immediately returned.
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