School removes restroom stall hooks over hanging game - FOX 32 News Chicago

School removes restroom stall hooks over hanging game

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BARRINGTON, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Barrington school officials have removed the hooks from elementary school restroom stalls after discovering a game in which students hang by their shirt collars from stall doors, Pioneer Press is reporting.

A group of students at Countryside School observed the hanging game earlier this week in one of the restrooms, according to a statement issued Wednesday by Barrington Community Unit School District 220.

The game involved two students hanging each other by their shirt collars from bathroom door hooks, then twisting themselves to make the collars tighter, the statement said. One student who witnessed the game informed a teacher.

“They were trying to be funny but, at their age, not really understanding the ramifications,” said Mary Anne Wesoloski, school nurse at Countryside.

Staff immediately intervened after receiving the news. The students involved were examined, and no one was injured in the incident.

Parents of all students involved in the game were contacted, Wesoloski said.

When she examined the two students who played the game, they said they learned of it outside of school, she said. That information prompted her and Countryside staff to contact parents and the district.

“As soon as we learned it was bigger than what was in front of us, we contacted parents, other staff and the district,” she said.

The incident occurred during the second-grade lunch/recess period, when several students went in and out of the restrooms, according to the statement.

In response, all bathroom stall door hooks have been permanently removed at Countryside and other District 220 elementary schools, Wesoloski said.

Thursday is the last day of school for Countryside students. Wesoloski hopes the incident prompts conversations between students and their parents on avoiding risky behavior.

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