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12-Year-Old Boy Arrested for Biting Teacher, Police Say

The boy attacked the teacher because "he did not want to eat the lunch that was prepared," Joliet Police Capt. Tab Jensen said.

A 12-year-old boy who bit a teacher because he did not like what was being served for lunch was arrested Tuesday, Joliet police said.

The boy was charged with aggravated battery and is being held at the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center for the attack, which occurred at about 12:10 p.m. at the Guardian Angel Home's Dillard Harris Education Center, 1550 Plainfield Road. The school offers classes for students who have not been successful in regular schools or require special education.

The male teacher was bitten on the right elbow, Joliet Police Capt. Tab Jensen said. The skin was not broken, and the teacher did not require medical attention.

Jensen said the attack was provoked because the student "did not want to eat the lunch that was prepared."

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Steve November 06, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Wtf is going on all u hear about is young students attacking teachers school shootings etc. Were are the parents in this situations? My old man would beat my butt had I even though bout failing to complete an assignment! How can kids learn with all this going on around them!
Herc November 06, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Maybe he turned cannibal!
Murri Briel November 06, 2013 at 12:32 PM
So we arrest the kid for his action, yet the Grandmother who leaves her grand kids in the car 3 times this summer we do not. This was an alternative school, are they not equipped to handle a child with issues? Why was that the chosen course of action? Sorry, the child was wrong but they do not belong in arrested. They are still a child.
J. Ann November 06, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Sorry, but that child will grow up to be a real pain in the butt and a drain on society if he is allowed to continue his disrespectful, distasteful behavior (pun intended). He's already dealing with issues if he's in a school for students that have "not been successful in regular schools"! Time for some "tough love", buddy.
Patch reader November 06, 2013 at 01:30 PM
The kid might have been on a final warning or there might be a zero tolerance rule set in place. Biting a teacher or another student is not acceptable and shouldn't be over looked in any school. If my child or yours were the victim rather than a teacher I think you would be all for calling the police.
Kelly O' November 06, 2013 at 04:19 PM
The child is obviously disturbed. Counseling is what he needs right now. If it's offered in the detention center then that is where he needs to be. I pray that the kid gets straightened out before he actually kills somebody.
Arty November 06, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Whip his his A** wrong from right you can't pull that kind of crap and if I has to guess he was already behaving like this at home. My mom will take her slipper off and give me crazy eyes-- I learned quickly. Btw... I'm fine in my life I wasn't ruined from my moms sandle or my dads "black medicine"(his black belt)
Herc November 06, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Thats the problem no discipline at home.
Ex Jolietian November 06, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Hey.. maybe they were serving the Tuna Surprise and the poor kid didn't like it.
Kelly O' November 07, 2013 at 08:03 AM
Maybe there's more to the story. Teachers sometimes become frustrated and can be pretty mean to kids. Maybe the teacher did or said something that set the kid off. Of course, they're not going to tell you that. The kids are bad so if they say the teacher did or said something improper, they won't be taken seriously. Some teachers can be mentally abusive to kids and really should not be around them.
John Roberts November 07, 2013 at 09:59 AM
I was in the GAH once.These kids are not just troubled kids.There are abandon kids,abused kids,kids with no guidance.Being in the GAH I got to see first hand who is in there. Yes sometimes there is conflict between kids and staff.Its almost like being in a prison.Not so much the abuse but the routine part.Up at certain time,eat certain time,activities certain time,bed certain time. The kids feel trapped,unwanted and mad.Put all of thoes together hell that's enough to make a grown person mad.most of these kids have seen more than most of you will in your lives as far as abuse,abandonment,and how people really are.they haven been sitting for years nestled in their secure homes feeling comfortable.They have been scared,mad and alone and shipped all over feeling like they are no good to anyone.You deal with that and try not to hurt anyone,try not to snap.Good luck. To these kids it might seem like more of a prison than a place for help when constantly being told what to do.And with no guidance before it might seem like they are just bossing kids around but in reality the kids do not understand they are being guided.
Kelly O' November 07, 2013 at 01:47 PM
For the people who think that "all they need is their ass whipped" sometimes that is the problem. They've been whipped and abused. They grow up to be adults who whip and abuse.
Herc November 07, 2013 at 02:02 PM
There's other ways to discipline without whipping their butts!
Karen Sorensen (Editor) November 07, 2013 at 03:35 PM
@Dion -- swearing and racial name calling will result in your comments being removed.
The Sofa King November 07, 2013 at 05:32 PM
There is a difference between getting your backside fanned and abuse.
They Don't Get It November 07, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Herc some kids just need a flat out butt whoopin! I do agree there could be some abuse, or abandonment issues though. Some kids go through a lot and they want attention whether good or bad.
Herc November 07, 2013 at 09:46 PM
@Shantel, I was replying to the statement from Kelly'o. I agree every once and a while a good butt whipping is in order!
Tina Gardner November 07, 2013 at 10:04 PM
I can see my 12 yr old son doing the same thing. He can't describe to people what bothers him he has very poor social skills ---its called autism. That doesn't mean he'll grow up to be a bad person. When people are being mean/bullying/yelling to him he tends to copy that behavior. When people treat him kindly he's the same way back just not verbally. This article doesn't state what his special needs are-- people are being too judgemental. My son goes to counseling every month (that doesn't "cure" his problem -as people would like to think).
noname November 08, 2013 at 03:05 PM
I went to this school and they have a requirement to see a counselor twice a week, which is inside the school male and female. This is actually a good school for children who have problems. They help you if u need it. Most of the kids just act out just because. U fight a teacher...u get arrested. Simple. Shout out to D.h.e.c. yoy guys are awesome!

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