Joliet West High School Out Of Control

by T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

October 5, 2021

JOLIET, IL – Some concerned parents want out of Joliet school district as a result of increased violence against students and staff.

As of today, Joliet West High School has seen 70 suspensions and one arrest.  Prompting the school board to convene a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the issue.

In a sickening display of disrespect and complete breakdown of discipline, the principal of Joliet West High School, Teresa Gibson, was assaulted by students when attempting to break up a fight.  Students took footage of the assault and failed to intervene.

Superintendent Karla Guseman described it as “embarrassing and harmful to the community.”

She prepared a letter in which she reminded students and parents that fighting and videotaping are grounds for expulsion from school.

The letter says, in part: “You incite violence and have a detrimental impact on the children who are here to learn.  We recognize that you may have been affected by the pandemic, but this does not excuse your behavior.  In our classrooms, your acts will not be tolerated.” Guseman wrote.

The district is taking initiatives to reduce tardiness and keep pupils in their classrooms rather than the hallways.


by The Chicago Times Staff

September 10, 2021

JOLIET, IL — A man’s body was pulled from the Des Plaines River in Joliet, Illinois, on Friday morning.  A boater reported seeing a floater in the river around 11:20 a.m., prompting Joliet police to respond to North Bluff Street and West Jefferson Street.

The body was found floating along the river’s west bank, appeared to be that of an African American adult male, according to Joliet police.

The body was recovered by the Joliet Fire Department, and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Will County Coroner’s Office.

The incident is still being investigated by Joliet police.  There were no further details available at the time.  Anyone with information should contact the Joliet police.