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Robbery victim changes his story

Published: Thu, November 17, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.

I wasn’t forced off bus, Chaney student admits

By christine Keeling



A Chaney student has changed the story he gave to police about his school-bus driver dropping him off in front of a South Side store before he was robbed.

The 16-year-old boy alleges he was robbed in front of Ally’s Food Mart on South Avenue.

Officer Robert Lodwick, of the department’s juvenile division, said the boy is now saying he did not have a conversation with a substitute school-bus driver about missing his bus stop and was not told to leave the bus at South and Avondale avenues.

That’s contrary to what he reported Monday to police.

The boy’s change of story matches the bus driver’s account of events and video captured during the route, said school officials.

All district buses have some type of recording device, said Bill Morvay, chief of security for city schools. The devices turn on automatically and run continuously, he said.

Morvay said he interviewed the driver and watched the video, and the driver did not deviate from her route.

“We followed protocol and looked at the tape,” said Connie Hathorn, schools superintendent. “A tape doesn’t lie.”

The boy’s mother, who discussed the case Tuesday, couldn’t be reached Wednesday. Hathorn said the district has guidelines in place to make sure children get to and from school safely, but it can’t be responsible if a student walks somewhere else after being dropped off.

It was unfortunate the situation happened, Hathorn said. Lodwick said his main concern was what happened after the student got off the school bus.

The boy alleges that three males approached him in front of the store and demanded his cellphone. When he refused, one male punched him in the face numerous times as two others pushed him in an attempt to take the phone, according to the police report.

Robbery charges were filed against two suspects.


1foxyglo(372 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


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2steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

So I guess this begs the question what was he doing there ?
Must have been up to no good if he had to lie about the bus driver and how he got there.

Drug seeking behavior ??

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The next real victim will be tainted by this boys actions . He should be charged for the false report .

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4gingerspice(141 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Mom needs to step up to the plate and make a public apology and show her son what is right to do as well as make her son do the same and then he should have kind of consequence for his lying. Nip this in the bud before his actions really get him into trouble! I know as parents, we want to give our kids the benefit of the doubt, but, before we belive them, we need to investigate the whole story! There are always THREE sides to every story; your side, their side and THE RIGHT SIDE!!!

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5CantStandYa(222 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

he got Deebo'd

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6walter_sobchak(2634 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The mother needs to make a public apology with her son by her side and then whoop his ass to show who is in control. When I was this kids age, I would never had lied like this because I knew if my mother found out, she would have beaten the crap out of me. There is nothing wrong with a little fear!

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7lumper(300 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

eyes couldn't answer cause eyes at david betras office to get set up for my gazillion dollar lawsuit. damn!!

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8TheLocalYokel(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I bet the mother will punish the kid. For ruining that gazillion dollar lawsuit.

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9local(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Oh now we have a bunch of smartass's how about you all learn to spell and use proper grammar before you insult a 16 year old child so what he made a mistake doesnt everyone? Why dont you all calm down and give the boy a chance to explain himself

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10Education_Voter(1135 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Thank you cameras.
I am so tired of these false and self-righteous complaints that parents make against the educators trying to help their children.
I am so tired of the assumption that the school is always wrong, and the employees should be punished.

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11lumper(300 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

really, what if the school overreacted and suspended the bus driver ? the kid is a kid , but the mother is a jerk.

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12YtownParent(928 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Right on Education_Voter, thanks for the cameras for protecting the falsely accused. This is another why we should have cameras & mikes recording in the classroom too. False accusations like this one are why parents meet such resistance from the schools when there is a real problem.

I can understand the mom's initial reaction, especially if the location of the robbery is a place her son wasn't allowed to be. She was just going on her son's initial statements & most parents believe their kids until given a reason not to. I'm hoping that she is the type of parent who sets rules and limits on her kids, which is probably the case because the kid had no reason to lie about how he came to be where the robbery occurred otherwise. Hopefully that is the case & hopefully he's learning the lesson that you just get yourself in more trouble by lying than telling the truth. She should embarrass the hell out of him like he did her by making him publicly apologize.

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13local(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Well commoncitizen no one had asked for your opinion. So what I made a few errors but them other people puposely talk that way. I agree with ytownparent she should embarrass him the same way he did to her

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14Education_Voter(1135 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

YtownParent said
"...most parents believe their kids until given a reason not to."

While I agree with most of your post, Y'town Parent, the viewpoint above accounts for many of the problems we have.
I did not believe my children's stories without further investigation. And yes, it is because I have seen so many children prevaricate.
However, my parents did not believe THEIR children over an adult, and they were not teachers.
Ask first. And ask nicely because you may find out something you didn't suspect.

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15Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


"Why dont you all calm down and give the boy a chance to explain himself"

Wow can't wait to hear this, if it ever happens....
Would you trust/believe him after this?

"The boy’s mother, who discussed the case Tuesday, couldn’t be reached Wednesday"

Yep, she ranted and raved without checking the facts and now you won't hear a peep out of her. Shes only saying goodbye to the $$$$$$$. lmao

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