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Custodian allegedly brandishes knife during altercation with coworkers at New Trier High School

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Custodian allegedly brandishes knife during altercation with coworkers at New Trier High School

A Latest Trier High School custodian was arrested after reportedly threatening two colleagues with a knife on Friday, Feb. 9, in an otherwise empty classrooms on the college’s Winnetka campus.

In an email to district families on Tuesday, Feb. 13, which was forwarded to The Record, Latest Trier Superintendent Dr. Paul Sally detailed the incident, during which no students were present and nobody was injured, he wrote.

In keeping with Sally’s email, three custodial staff members got right into a verbal altercation during after-school cleansing around 4:15 p.m. The discussion escalated and one in all the custodians grabbed a knife from a close-by “kitchenette,” which the college further described as a feature in an worker break room, and wielded it within the direction of the others.

One other Latest Trier staff member intervened and helped de-escalate the situation, while police were on their option to the scene, Sally wrote. Dizon said the nice Samaritan didn’t want to be identified.

The incident occurred on the college’s west side, and no students were nearby, based on Niki Dizon, Latest Trier’s communications director.

Sally said the arrested custodian is barred from Latest Trier grounds and the district’s School Board really useful his dismissal. He added that the custodian was a long-term worker who passed background checks and no prior incidents on file.

In keeping with a Winnetka police report, the custodian was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one other of illegal restraint, the latter of which, based on Winnetka police, is said to the incident’s victims feeling unable to go away the room while the alleged offender held the weapon.

The Record doesn’t publish the names of arrested individuals who’re named in preliminary police reports unless the incident is a matter of immediate public safety or has significant community implications.

“We wish to emphasise that this was an isolated incident that was handled quickly by administrators and the police department,” Sally wrote. “We’re grateful to the staff member who intervened within the altercation and helped restore calm to an intense situation.”

He added, “Our priority stays the security and security of everyone on campus, and we continually review our procedures to offer the best level of safety possible.”

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