Two Naperville Central students disciplined after fight over racial text
A "racially motivated" text message between two Naperville Central High School students resulted in a physical altercation at the school last week, authorities said Tuesday.
Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall said Tuesday night that police are looking into the incident, but was unsure if any charges will be filed.
The Central Times, the student-run school newspaper at Naperville Central, reports the text message was sent last week by a white student to a black student. On Wednesday, the second student responded "with his fists," according to the newspaper.
Some students wore buttons to school to demonstrate their support for the student who received the text message, the report said.
The student told the newspaper he and the other individual have since reconciled. Both students were disciplined.
Naperville Unit District 203 officials did not comment specifically on the incident between the students, citing student privacy concerns, but they released a statement Tuesday night.
"There was an incident involving Naperville Central High School students and they have realized that they said and did some things they are not proud of," district spokeswoman Michelle Fregoso said in the statement. "Unfortunately, because of the emotion involved, there's a lot of rumors and false accusations about this incident."
Fregoso said that in general, in addition to appropriate consequences and interventions, school officials meet with students and their families to work toward peaceful resolution of disciplinary issues.
• Daily Herald staff writer Marie Wilson contributed to this report.