Woman found guilty of hitting CPS student with belt in school bathroom

A woman was found guilty last week of hitting a 9-year-old Chicago Public Schools student with a belt at his West Garfield Park elementary school.

The family of Jo’maury Champ said Juanita Tyler came to his school in September 2018 and struck him repeated with a belt in a bathroom at Tilton Elementary School, at the behest of the boy’s teacher, Kristen Haynes.

Tyler and Haynes were charged later that month in connection with the incident at the school, at 223 N. Keeler Ave.

Tyler, 58, was found guilty Friday of a misdemeanor count of domestic battery causing bodily harm during a bench trial at the Harrison District Courthouse, court records show.

Haynes, 52, was acquitted of misdemeanor counts of battery and child endangerment, records show.

Cook County Judge Laura Bertucci-Smith sentenced Tyler to a year of conditional discharge and ordered her to take parenting classes, state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said. Tyler will also be required to register as a violent offender against youth.

Al Hofeld, an attorney for the family in their ongoing federal lawsuit against CPS, Tyler and Haynes, said his clients were “disappointed” in the verdict against Haynes, but said they plan to “vigorously pursue” the lawsuit now that the criminal case has ended.

Jo’maury, now 11, currently attends a different CPS, Hofeld said.

CPS removed Haynes from the classroom and moved to fire her in March 2019, CPS spokeswoman Emily Bolton said Tuesday. Haynes is currently suspended without pay during ongoing termination proceedings.

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Columbus Police Nab Suspect Who Killed Student Near Frat House


  • The suspect in the death of a 23-year-old Ohio State University student has been arrested
  • Chase Meola was shot and killed in the parking area of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house
  • The suspect, 18-year-old Kinte Mitchell, Jr. was later arrested a few blocks away from the scene
  • Police said the incident happened after an altercation when guests were told to leave a house party

The suspect responsible for shooting and killing an Ohio State University student outside a University District frat house was arrested over the weekend.

Columbus police discovered the body of 23-year-old Chase Meola in the parking area of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the corner of Indianola Avenue after 2:00 a.m. Sunday.

Meola, a fifth-year marketing major from Mahwah, New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Columbus Dispatch reported, citing a statement from the University.

Ohio State’s neighborhood safety notice said Meola’s death stemmed from an altercation that happened outside after guests were asked to leave a house party. It was here that 18-year-old Kinte Mitchell, Jr. shot Meola and fled on foot, according to The Lantern.

handcuffs This image shows a pair of handcuffs at the Commissariat de Police Nationale (National Police Station) in Alfortville, France, Nov. 21, 2016. Photo: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

The University extended its condolences to the friends and family of Meola and encouraged those who are in need of support to call the school’s counseling services.

The suspect was later arrested after police located him several blocks away. Mitchell, Jr. was “positively identified” as the shooter and charged with murder. He will be arraigned Tuesday morning, the outlet added.

Sergeant James Fuqua said they are trying to determine what brought Mitchell, Jr. to the party considering that he was not a student of the University. The

Ohio State student killed in shooting near frat house; suspect arrested

A teen has been arrested in the shooting death early Sunday of an Ohio State University student after an altercation outside an off-campus frat house, according to reports.

Columbus police said they found the victim Chase Meola, 23, in an alley next to the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house.

Officers responded shortly after 2 a.m. for a report of shooting.


Mug shot for Kinte Mitchell, 18.

Mug shot for Kinte Mitchell, 18.
(Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

Police said Kinte Mitchell Jr., 18, was arrested a few blocks away and charged with killing Meola, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

“Reports indicate that individuals were asked to leave a house party in the area, and an altercation occurred outside,” they said.

Police said Mitchell was not a Ohio State student and they were trying to determine how he wound up at the party.


Phi Kappa Psi had its student organization status revoked in June 2018 and is on disciplinary suspension through August 2022 due to hazing and endangering behavior, according to The Lantern, the Ohio State student newspaper.

“The Ohio State University community is in mourning, and our deepest condolences and support go to the family and friends of Chase,” campus police said in a statement.

Meola was a fifth-year marketing major from Mahwah, N.J.

He was a high school football standout who aspired to work on Wall Street, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.


“Wall Street is where I would like to see my self in the near future,” he said on LinkedIn, according to the paper. “Ohio State was a great place for me learn and perfect all my skills.”

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Volleyball coach forced 13-year-old student in bathroom stall and kissed her, police say

A Jasper volleyball coach is facing a felony charge after a young teen reported she was accosted by the woman during a tournament in Trussville.

Dakoda Bhreann Mauldin, 29, is charged with a school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19. She was booked into the Jefferson County at 12:37 p.m. Thursday and released at 1:04 p.m. after posting $15,000 bond.

Trussville police Sgt. Adam Filetti said the investigation began Sept. 30 when a 13-year-old girl reported to them that Mauldin assaulted her in the bathroom during a Sept. 19 volleyball tournament at Hewitt-Trussville High School.

Mauldin, according to the girl, pushed her into a bathroom stall and kissed her on the mouth. She also is alleged to have texted photos of herself to the girl and professed her love to her. Filetti said the victim is not from Trussville. Mauldin and the victim do know each other.

Filetti also said Mauldin asked the girl to delete the text messages between the two of them.

Mauldin at the time worked at a contract coach at Jasper High School but is no longer affiliated with the school system. Mauldin lives in Parrish.

The crime is a Class B felony.

“Since this is an on-going investigation, we are not a liberty to make comments,” said Jasper City Schools Superintendent Ann Jackson. “We are however, cooperating with law enforcement. Our main concern right now is with the wellbeing of our student athlete and her family.  Student safety is our number one priority.”

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Notre Dame student: Father Jenkins, Trump failed COVID-19 leadership test

  • An event held in the Rose Garden may have been responsible for infecting many high-profile politicians with coronavirus.
  • As a Notre Dame student, it was extremely disappointing to see our President, Father John Jenkins, at the event and not following the protocols that we students have been carefully following ourselves.
  • Rachel Palermo is a J.D. candidate at Notre Dame Law School.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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Leaders must lead by example. 

Setting policies is an important part of being a leader. But the people who set the rules need to join the rest of us in following them.

As a law student at the University of Notre Dame, I have spent the last few months following important rules that have been imposed by our school.

Early this summer, the Notre Dame administration announced that we would return to in-person classes for the fall semester, even as many colleges and universities converted to fully remote learning. In exchange for being able to attend in-person classes, our community has been entrusted with meeting certain safety expectations.

To name a few: we wear masks at all times, stay six feet away from other people, and refrain from traveling outside of the area. We are often reminded that our responsibilities to one another don’t end once we leave campus.

I understand that the only way to keep our community safe is to take the COVID-19 rules and recommendations seriously, even when they are inconvenient. I’m proud that many other Notre Dame students have demonstrated responsible behavior — on and off campus — because they also understand the stakes are too high. 

Last week, along with many of my classmates, I watched the Rose Garden ceremony for the nomination of