officials are continuing to investigate a hate crime incident involving two of their current students and one alumnus. Chicago police recently charged three teens with perpetrating a hate crime on Dec. 23 in the 1600 block of South 100th Pl.
Merritt said Matthew Herrmann, 18, of Alsip and two other teens forced him to wear a noose and threatened his life, according to police.
Earlier today, "as of right now, the student is removed from school." Disciplinary action taken against the student "will be determined, given our school processes," according to Antos.
As school officials continue to investigate, are now saying they'd like to use this incident to teach kids about tolerance and "respect for all life," said school president Kevin Burns.