With just two weeks left in the session, Forest Park School District 91 has canceled an intensive remedial summer school class for 18 students at Forest Park Middle School. The class was canceled after a 14-year-old female student stole a district credit card from the teacher and used it to make Internet purchases, which were delivered to her parents’ home, according Forest Park police.
Police detectives interviewed the student Tuesday at the school. A school source, who declined to be named, said the teacher had a credit card stolen from her previously.
The teacher, who had only been contracted to work until Thursday, walked out after Tuesday’s class. A substitute “declined the position and we were unable to get a replacement,” wrote Superintendent Louis Cavallo in an email to the Forest Park Review.
The students had been enrolled in a summer program for students who needed remedial help prior to the start of the new school year. No provisions were made for the remaining students, who will start school August 23.
Cavallo said the district’s disciplinary actions against the student were confidential. Police said the investigation was ongoing and no arrests had yet been made. Police declined to reveal how much had been charged to the credit card.
“Unlawful use of a credit card is a felony [for adults],” said Deputy Police Chief Thomas Aftanas. “A minor might be asked to pay restitution or perform community service, or be put on juvenile probation.”
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