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No Favored Treatment for East High Athletes Busted at Party

Teen party fallout: St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 chief says the district’s Code of Conduct holds student athletes to a higher, tougher standard than other students.

Residents of an East Side neighborhood have been expressing outrage over a Nov. 2 house party where St. Charles police took into custody 71 people, including 65 juveniles. The homeowner and four juveniles were cited, while police contacted parents to come fetch the other kids and take them home.

If the chaotic scene police came upon when they arrived at the Persimmon Drive home during that party was enough to enrage neighbors, the fallout afterward also has inflamed some parents, some of whom believe St. Charles East High School has shown favoritism in regard to disciplining student athletes caught up in the incident.

The favoritism claim, however, is not true, according to Dr. Donald Schlomann, the superintendent of schools for St. Charles Community Unit School District 303.

Speaking to a reporter before the start of Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, Schlomann said student athletes are required to sign on to a Code of Conduct governing their behavior and how they represent themselves, their team and their school. The detailed Code of Conduct also applies to students participating in other extracurricular activities.

“In general the consequences for an athlete — they’re held to a different, higher standard than our students who are not,” Schlomann said. Students who are not involved in extracurricular activities are not required to sign on to the Code of Conduct, he said.

The code requires a student attending a party where drugs or alcohol are being used, whether or not he/she consumes those substances, to report him/herself to the district “and/or leave” the party. The idea, Schlomann said, is to encourage the kids not only to adhere to the standard of conduct by getting away from the problem, but also to show integrity by reporting themselves when an infraction occurs. Some students show that integrity.

“If you do neither one of those, there are going to be consequences,” Schlomann continued. “And I can tell you right now that no one (at the Nov. 2 party) self-reported.”

As a result, “those students who are athletes that were involved in this incident are receiving consequences that students that maybe are not athletes are not receiving,” he said.

When St. Charles police arrived at the home about 9:15 p.m. after receiving a report of an underage drinking party at Persimmon and Hunt Club drives, they found chaos, with “numerous cars and juveniles” moving around the block. It got worse as they approached the home, where they found “a large number of juveniles fled through the back door. Other juveniles were seen climbing out of windows.”

Lisa J. Lorenzini, 50, of the 200 block of Persimmon Drive, was cited with social hosting, a local ordinance punishable by a fine of between $250 and $500. Four St. Charles teens, ages 15, 16, 17 and 17, were charged with possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor, police said. Another 65 juveniles, ages 14 to 18, were held in the home until their parents or guardians were called and then arrived to take them home.

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David Potter November 15, 2012 at 06:48 PM
We need to quit throwing stones at people. Nobody got hurt, the host got reprimanded and all the kids got the shit scared out of them and learned a good lesson. Let it go and worry about your own families!!!!!!!!!!!
StcStudent November 15, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Lol, you people are rediculous. I feel bad for this woman. This is extremely humiliating . She should have known better... However, she may not have realized how many kids would show up. It would be quite difficult to control that many kids. Regardless, if there are that many kids anywhere there is going to be alcohol. I graduated St. Charles East a short while ago. News flash- any time your kids are going to someone's house, a party etc. they are drinking or doing drugs. Instead of complaining about this women's bad judgement maybe you should start paying attention to your own children. How about you become a good parent, don't let your children go to parties unless you have talked to their parents. If the parent's of these children had done so then perhaps the kids wouldn't have had to suffer the consequences. Stop your complaining. Mind your own business. Watch your own kid.
Momof3 November 20, 2012 at 06:22 PM
StcStudent - You might want to use spell check before you post telling all of us what to do, just saying . . . When you are a parent, you will have a much better understanding of this situation. This sure is humiliating for the homeowner. It should be! Very irresponsible behavior by an adult. Thankfully the police handled the situation and no one was hurt or killed by drunk teens leaving the party and driving home. I would love to talk to you again once you are a parent!
The Law is the Law April 09, 2013 at 02:15 PM
So, what is the point of the code of conduct? If the school does not even enforce it. So, if parents say it is ok and the school says it is ok and the coaches don't mind and the police barely fine the parents. But, kids still die, when will society wake up? Prom season is here and instead of kids going to Post Prom and being safe, they are planning huge parties because parents are willing to buy the keg. Maybe when they wake up to kids who are alcoholics before they are legal, probably not! As far as the parties in the 70's & 80's are parents did not buy it or support it. If we got caught we got in trouble and learned from our mistakes that it was wrong and against the law.
The Law is the Law April 09, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Interesting to see a STC Past Student is smarter then the Mom of 3. Forgot about the spell check - how about parents start using common sense and keep their kids home from the parties.

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