Monday, May 20, 2013
The mother of a 13-year-old Midlothian girl reported her missing Monday, but police found her shortly after.
A 13-year-old Hille Middle School student who was reported missing by her mom Monday morning was back home before the paperwork was even filed, according to police. “The girl has been located. She’s back and everything is fine” said Midlothian police Lt. Harold Kaufman. Kyara Rush, 13, of Midlothian, was reported missing by her mother to police early Monday morning. An email from Margaret Longo, superintendent for Forest Ridge Elementary School District 142, was sent out, saying an Amber Alert had been filed for the teen. No Amber Alert had been filed, Kaufman said. In fact, police hadn’t even finished putting the report into the computer system by the time the girl was found later in the day on Monday, May 20. Kaufman declined to released…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Forest Ridge District 142 schools are on soft lockdown, following police activity near 147th and Oak Park Avenue Thursday afternoon.
Forest Ridge District 142 schools are on soft lockdown Thursday afternoon, after police activity in the area. A shooting near a Tinley Park 7-Eleven led police on a manhunt into Oak Forest. One man is in custody in connection with the incident that happened near 167th and Oak Park Avenue. Outside doors are locked and no one is allowed into the school buildings; students are also kept indoors during the soft lockdown, according to a source in the district administrative offices. The district acted on its own volition with the soft lockdown. It was not recommended by police. Though the school day had ended, the district was acting with after-school activities in mind. It's easy to keep up with Patch!
Friday, December 21, 2012
Dr. Courtney Orzel, currently the principal at Jack Hille Middle School, will become the district's superintendent on July 1, 2013. She replaces Dr. Margaret W. Longo, who is retiring.
Forest Ridge School District 142 has new leadership coming in at the beginning of the next school year, as current district Superintendent Dr. Margaret W. Longo is set to retire at the end of the current year. At the district's Dec. 18 board of education meeting, the board voted to appoint Jack Hille Middle School Principal Dr. Courtney Orzel as the district's new superintendent as of July 1, 2013. According to a letter that is posted on the district's website by board of education president Judith Schramm, the search process to replace Longo began in January of this 2012, when she announced her intentions to retire. The board then began the process of accepting applications and narrowing the field down to two finalists. Orzel, whose …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The father of a boy who committed suicide after being bullied online will speak tonight. Read on to see the details.
In the anonymity of cyberspace, bullying can happen without a sound. Two middle schools have teamed up to bring a presentation by John Halligan, the father of a 13-year-old special needs student who took his own life after years of bullying. Officials hope the talk about Ryan Halligan's life in Vermont will bring attention to a quiet problem. “He was bullied in silence,” said Margaret Longo, superintendent of Forest Ridge Elementary School District 142. Both Jack Hille Middle School from District 142 and Arbor Park Middle School in District 145 are working together on the bullying awareness effort. The presentation for the community starts at 7 p.m. tonight at Arbor Park Middle School. Follow Oak Forest Patch on Facebook! Halligan’s story…
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The pair told the student to "get in the car" as the student was riding a bike in the area of 151st and 153rd and Kilpatrick Tuesday. The student fled to a friend's house and police were contacted.
Officials in Forest Ridge School District 142 alerted parents that a Lee R. Foster School student was approached by two black strangers in a pickup truck Tuesday evening. About 7:20 p.m, the student was riding a bike near 153rd and Kilpatrick March 20 when a man and woman in their early 50s in an older, red Chevy pickup truck pulled over and ordered the student to "get in the car," the letter reads. The truck was described as "badly dented" and appeared to have been involved in an accident, the letter to parents notes, and a small dog was also seen in the truck. The student ran to a friend’s house, and the parent of the student was contacted. The parent then called the police, who had reportedly received other calls matching the …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Forest Ridge District 142 officials are on alert after a student said a strange man approached her as she walked to school.
Forest Ridge District 142 officials warned parents that a Hille Middle School student reported being approached by a suspicious vehicle Thursday morning. An older, Caucasian male in a grey compact four-door car approached the student near 155th and Betty Ann Lane, around 7:25 a.m. The man, who is described as having short brownish-blond hair, balding on the top, pointed at the student and motioned for her to come closer, according to the letter. The student noted "6034" as the first four digits of the license plate and ran home. School officials contacted Oak Forest police. If residents see a vehicle matching the description, they are encouraged to call police at (708)687-1376.