TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Dad Upset with School Staff
A disturbance at an Oak Lawn elementary school brought in police when a parent became upset with school staff. Administrators told police the parent came to drop off his child at Sward Elementary School at 9830 S. Brandt Ave., around 11:15 a.m.
Because the child was late for school, the dad was asked to sign a tardy form. He began yelling at staff that he didn’t have to do anything in life except die, alarming school administrators. Police said the dad yelled out “nobody had better touch his child or try to remove his child from class or he would “sue everybody in the school.” Because of the man’s accent, some staff thought he said that he’d “shoot everyone in the school.”
Administrators told police there has been a history of tension with the parent because of past heated phone conversations about district residency requirements, the report said. Police spoke with the mother of the child, who stated her husband would never make such threats and that she wanted her child removed from the school.
Officers were able to clarify what the father actually said to school staff when they reached him by phone. Police advised him that was not to return to school property until school administrators granted him permission. An extra patrol will be placed at the school during the times that students are dropped off and picked up. The school did not wish to press charges against the parent.
Metra Shoving Match Results in Citation
Two women got into a heated argument at the Oak Lawn Metra Station stemming from a road rage incident in the public parking garage at 5115 W. Museum Drive. Police responded to an emergency call box alarm inside the parking garage around 8:06 a.m. One of the alleged combatants told police she was driving through the parking garage on the upper floors when the other woman started yelling at her. The driver rolled down her car window when the other woman called her a derogatory name, reports said. She got out of her car and both women were soon in each other’s faces. The driver said she twice used her hands to push the woman away when the woman began calling her racial slurs.
After she parked her car and then met up with the woman again outside of the train station. The driver handed the woman her driver’s license and told her to call police.
Police spoke with other alleged combatant, who said she was walking through the parking garage when she was almost hit by a small red car. She yelled “slow down,” and the driver stopped the car and got out to confront her. The woman said the driver approached her and “got up in her face.” After calling the driver a derogatory name, the driver pushed her backwards. When she would not back down, the driver shoved her a second time. The woman went to a nearby stairwell and pressed the emergency call button.
The woman continued on to the train station where the driver confronted her a second time and told her to call police. Police said the woman was not injured and agreed to the driver being issued a village citation for battery. The driver is to appear at village hall for a hearing on Dec. 4.