Are School Disciplinary Actions Responsible for Student's Suicide: 'They scared him to death'

May 24, 2017


From the Chicago Tribune article:


"With his future before him and a high school hockey tournament that weekend, Corey Walgren went to bed that night as he had for much of his life: Happy. Healthy. Home.


"There was no concern for anything," Maureen Walgren said. "Everything was fine. Everything was normal."


Life for the Walgren family would never be normal again, at least as they knew it on that January evening.


The following day, Naperville police suspected that Corey — who had no criminal history and had never been in serious trouble at school — had video on his phone of a consensual sexual encounter with a 16-year-old classmate and possibly played it for friends.


At lunchtime, he was called into the dean's office.


There, with a police officer and campus dean, Corey was questioned about possessing and possibly sharing "child pornography," allegedly threatened that he'd be put on the state's sex offender registry, then was left alone to wait for his mother.


It does not appear any pornographic images were found on the teen's phone, but it did contain a file with audio of the sexual encounter. Police did not intend to pursue charges, records show, and they indicated they wanted to handle the matter in a way that ensured Corey understood the seriousness of his actions and how it affected his classmate.


Yet Corey left school after the confrontation, walked nearly a mile to downtown Naperville and committed suicide by falling from the top of a parking deck.


"I think they wanted to scare him straight," Maureen Walgren said. "Instead, they scared him to death.""


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