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Anna-Jonesboro Community High School investigating bullying incident

Anna-Jonesboro Community High School leaders are investigating reports of a bullying incident at school. Anna-Jonesboro Community High School leaders are investigating reports of a bullying incident at school.
The father of the boy involved in the alleged bullying wouldn't go in to detail about what happened. The father of the boy involved in the alleged bullying wouldn't go in to detail about what happened.
A senior at the school said he doesn't want A-J High School to be remembered for this crime. A senior at the school said he doesn't want A-J High School to be remembered for this crime.
A-J High School board sat down to discuss an alleged bullying incident. (Source: Giacomo Luca/KFVS) A-J High School board sat down to discuss an alleged bullying incident. (Source: Giacomo Luca/KFVS)
ANNA, IL (KFVS) - Anna-Jonesboro Community High School leaders are investigating reports of a bullying incident at school.

It hasn't been made clear how many students are involved, but the victim's father is speaking out about the ordeal.

The Anna-Jonesboro High School board touched on the bullying incident at their meeting Monday.

The school district superintendent Rob Wright released a statement at the beginning of the meeting stating only that the school board was investigating the incident and that no questions would be taken.

“We are not at liberty to discuss the details of the incident," Wright said.

Click here for the full statement from the school board (pdf).

Several parents immediately began addressing their concerns, which prompted the school board to enter closed executive session for two and a half hours.

“Parents have got to take a unified front in this community," Christy Butler said, a mother of an A-J student has been bullied. "And come together and stand up against this school district."

Parents discussed that several incidents of bullying had occurred before this alleged incident and that the school had not properly responded to it.

After a two and a half hour closed executive discussion, the board returned to issue this statement.

"It saddens us that this has happened and our inability to discuss this in no way demonstrates a lack of compassion." A board member went on to say "Please give us the necessary time to deal with this in the proper manner."

The board announced that it would be conducting its own investigation into the alleged bullying incident.

The father of the boy involved in the alleged bullying wouldn't go in to detail about what happened.

However, he did say the alleged bullying involved a few high school football players in the locker room and when he heard someone put their hands on his son, he says they crossed the line.

“People are outraged. A lot of people are unbelief that this has happened in their community,” he said.

The victim's father, Rich, said this isn't the first time his son has been bullied at school.

He feels the school's response to the alleged crimes wasn't quick enough.

“I didn't receive a phone call. The prior incident happened before this. I wasn't notified, I had to notify the principal and talk with him on the phone and still nothing was done,” he said.

He said the incident involved a couple of older football players in the locker room.

Rich said he has no plans to file criminal charges against the student athletes; all he wants is for those responsible to be held accountable by the school.

“That's not the way this needs to be dealt with. I believe in second chances. I just want them to know that that was not the appropriate thing to do and for them to learn from their mistakes and go on,” he said.

Rich said he plans to bring up the issue at Monday night's school board meeting.

A statement released by Superintendent Rob Wright says school leaders are investigating a bullying incident that they became aware of over the weekend.

Wright says they will take appropriate action as soon as they have concluded their investigation.

Some students are speaking out as well.

A senior at the school said he doesn't want A-J High School to be remembered for this crime.

In the past, he said, the school has always looked past issues like bullying. He said in the four years he's been a student, things like bullying have been swept under the rug.

The student went on to say he is ashamed.

He said no one should not feel safe while at school. He wants the students and staff involved in this alleged bullying to be held accountable, which is why he too plans to speak at Monday night's meeting.

The meeting was supposed to start at 5 p.m., but was pushed back to 7 p.m. It was held in the high school library.

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