School Security Officer Arrested for Attacking Student

School district officials say the attack by the security officer was unprovoked and that the student wasn’t a threat.

School Security Officer Arrested for Attacking Student

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Hillside, Illinois —  A Proviso West High School security officer was arrested Friday afternoon for physically assaulting a 17-year-old student.

The officer allegedly entered the classroom of an honors civics class and confronted the male teen who was sitting at a whiteboard with the teacher’s permission, reports MSN. The officer then grabbed the student, threw him against the whiteboard and then on the floor.

The district says the assault was not provoked, and the student was not a threat or being disruptive. After the incident, the superintendent had campus staff contact authorities, and the officer was taken into custody, reports NBC Chicago.

The officer has been identified as Eligah Skinner, 25, reports Yahoo News.

It was initially reported that he was a school resource officer (SRO), but the Hillside Police Department said the suspect is not a certified Illinois police officer, reports ABC7. Skinner’s attorney says his client is an active Phoenix police officer who had been stripped of his police powers and weapons, reports Yahoo News. He has no prior criminal record.

Supt. Dr. James Henderson responded to the incident with a written statement.

“I am extremely disappointed, no — I’m upset by what transpired today. No adult should ever put their hands on a child in that manner – especially not in a school setting,” he said.

The district said Skinner will not be allowed back on campus. A judge released him on $500 bail.

A video of the incident can be viewed here.

About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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