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Independent investigation finds no wrongdoing by administration in Anna-Jonesboro bullying case

The school board met Nov. 3 to discuss punishment in the bullying incident. The school board met Nov. 3 to discuss punishment in the bullying incident.
ANNA, IL (KFVS) - An independent investigation into the handling of a bullying incident at Anna-Jonesboro High School on Sept. 19 found no wrongdoing by the superintendent and principal.


Three Anna-Jonesboro High School football players were expelled for what the school is calling a "serious bullying incident" that happened in a school locker room.

The three students were expelled for the remainder of the 2014 fall semester or until Jan. 15, 2015. 

A two minute video was released to Heartland News by the family of a student who was in the school locker room where the incident happened.

The video shows several young men binding the victim's hands and feet with tape. The victim is dragged into a locker room shower and the young men begin to turn the shower on and off. The victim crawls out of the shower, but is brought back in by the young men. The victim crawls out again and the video ends. 

Heartland News cannot confirm what led to the incident or what happened after the video ended. 

Members of the board of education say they were not made aware of the incident until a school board meeting on Oct. 20.

Parents of the victim and of the students who have been expelled tell Heartland News that they were not made aware of the incident until the weekend of October 20.

The Anna-Jonesboro Board of Education hired Special Counsel Judge James M. Radcliff (Ret.) who served 20 years on the bench in St. Clair County to conduct a independent investigation into the administration's handling of the situation.

Judge Radcliff found Superintendent Rob Wright and Principal Detering "did not violate any laws, regulations or policies..." and that "it is clear from my investigation that Mr. Detering had no knowledge of the September 19, 2014 incident until around October 2, 2014. Further, he did not know the extent of the September 19, 2014 incident until October 2, 2014. Once fully informed of the scope of the incident and the number of players involved, his actions were appropriate and consistent with policy."

Judge Radcliff also said he found no evidence that Detering gave preferential treatment to any of his football players.

Radcliff recommended several changes to help prevent bullying in the future. The board plans to update the district's anti-bullying policy and procedures.

Radcliff also recommended that having Detering serve as principal, athletic director, and head football created a perception of that student athlete discipline may not be handled fairly. He recommended that someone else serve as athletic director to eliminate the perception.

Board President John Housman reiterated the board's support for Superintendent Wright and Principal Detering.

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