Niles North Principal James Edwards sent the following letter to parents/guardians on September 25:
Dear Niles North Parent/Guardian,
This note is to alert you to a possible hazing incident at Niles North High School. Following my note is a statement that District 219 will be issuing about this matter. I am sharing this information with you so that you are aware of it, because we have zero tolerance for hazing, bullying or other forms of harassment. Please feel free to share this information with your son or daughter.
Even though this will be a difficult time for our school, I believe that if we pull together and work to act upon the principle that we treat each other with the respect and dignity we all deserve, Niles North will become an even stronger school community.
This is the official statement
D219 Statement: Niles North Varsity Football Operations Suspended
Niles North High School has been made aware of allegations of a possible hazing incident involving the Varsity Football Team. Over the weekend, school officials took immediate action based on the reports received. The school immediately notified the Skokie Police Department, and Niles North is working in conjunction with Skokie Police during this investigation.
Because this is a matter under investigation, Niles North will suspend its Varsity Football operations until further notice.
“The safety and security of our students is our top priority,” said Niles North Principal James Edwards. “We have zero tolerance of hazing or even the threat of it. Because this is a matter that involves student confidentiality, we ask that our students and families be patient as the investigation unfolds.”