October 2, 2017
Niles North High School Reinstates Varsity Football Operations
Niles North High School is reinstating its Varsity Football operations today. Practice will resume after school and the regular season will continue. Niles North and District 219 (D219) temporarily suspended program operations September 25th, while school officials and the Skokie Police Department thoroughly investigated an alleged hazing incident involving team members.
School officials worked closely in collaboration with the Skokie Police Department to ensure a timely and thorough investigation. The Skokie Police Department determined that no criminal conduct took place. However, as a result of D219’s investigation and findings, the District will be taking appropriate action to address the conduct determined to have taken place. Student confidentiality laws and requirements prevent school officials from commenting further about the specifics of the investigations or the actions taken as a result.
“This last week has been a difficult one for our school community, but I am proud of the way we have come together,” said Niles North Principal James Edwards. “As soon as our school became aware of the allegations, we were determined to act in the most proactive and thorough manner possible, and we are glad that we are able to reinstate the program today. We are thankful to our football parents, who offered their understanding and patience during this investigation, and to our staff members, who have supported our students throughout the week. And, most of all, I am extremely proud of our school community and especially the young men on the football team who displayed a sense of maturity and responsibility during the investigation process.”
“We are grateful to the Skokie Police Department for their painstaking efforts to expedite their investigation during this difficult time,” said D219 Superintendent Steven Isoye. “I want to commend Principal Edwards and his team at Niles North for immediately taking action and for carrying out the investigation so thoroughly and fairly. The message we want everyone to take away from this is to reinforce how critical it is that each member of our school community treats every other with the respect and dignity that we all deserve.”