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Reporters Blocked From Parents Meeting On Safety At Palatine High School | #schoolsaftey

Parents enter Palatine High School Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023 for a meeting on safety measures at the school. (Richard Mayer/Journal photo)

Members of the media, including a reporter from the Journal & Topics, were banned from covering a meeting at Palatine High School Tuesday night regarding school safety measures, one week after a local teen died from wounds he suffered in a shooting nearby.

It’s believed the meeting was scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Palatine auditorium for administrators to discuss safety measures in place at the school after a student sought in connection with the shooting allegedly brought a loaded gun to the school Monday, Aug. 21. The student was met by police immediately upon entering the school building and was taken into custody. No lockdown occurred at the school as a result of the gun.

The student, 14 years old, was charged with attempted murder the next day (Aug. 22) after Damian Hernandez, 15, of Mount Prospect, died that night from injuries suffered in the Aug. 17 shooting on the 1700 block of Clear Creek Bay, a mile and a half walking distance from Palatine High. An arrest warrant has been issued for an 18-year-old from unincorporated Palatine also sought in the case.

Before entering the school for Tuesday’s meeting, Journal & Topics reporter Richard Mayer was met by an assistant principal who would not allow Mayer to enter the building. Dist. 211 Supt. Lisa Small said Mayer would be welcome to follow up with her afterwards, but that meetings like these are for parents only.

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