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Letter to the Editor: D46 Board Member Reacts to Threatening Phone Call

Letter to the Editor: District 46 Board Member Shannon Smigielski writes an open letter to the person she said threatened her family in a phone call about the ongoing teacher strike. Another negotiating session will be 5 p.m. Sunday at Park School.

Please, leave my daughters alone.

This is to the man who threatened my daughters:

At 11:45 p.m. last night, Sat. January 19, 2013, you called my home. My family was sleeping so you opted to leave a message on our answering machine. 

While I cannot write verbatim what you said because of the vile and abusive language it contained, I can paraphrase with accuracy since it remains on our machine.

“You are a (expletive) liar. I’d really hate to see what happens to your daughters at school when I have my kids (expletive) taunt them every day because their mother is a (expletive) liar. Settle the (expletive) strike.”

First, you must know that the police were contacted and I have filed a report regarding your call. If their investigation leads them to you, I will press charges of harassment.

It is not ok to threaten ANY ONE’S children. If you don’t like my choices, come speak to me at a meeting. You called my home and threatened my family. I will not stand by and allow you or anyone else to intrude into my home and hurt my children.

Second, if the police investigation doesn’t lead them to you, I am offering a $500 reward to the person who notifies the police of your identity. Second only to negotiations, my purpose is to find you and have you prosecuted.

If anyone has any information as to who made the call to my home and threatened my daughters, please contact: Patrol Officer Frawley. Site Case # 13-2382.

Phone number: 847-223-2341. 

Please, leave my daughters alone.

Shannon Smigielski

Mother of 2

CCSD#46 School Board Member

Lennie Jarratt January 21, 2013 at 06:34 PM
LOL @Sully.... Pathetic.....
Sully January 21, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Maybe you'd like to comment about Lisa's stand on bullying programs, and while you're at it, your belief of what a quality school is. As a well informed intelligent adult, surely you can tell everyone what your definition of a quality school is.
PJ January 22, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Wow! Six years ago when we bought our house we researched school districts and believed that Grayslake had a great schools. Everyone we spoke with said Grayslake had a great community too. We have four in a half more years before my children are out of high school. I'm scared to think that this strike and all the negativity from people in the community is making Grayslake a town that families will want to move from and not move to. I know we're looking forward to moving. Mrs. Smigielski I hope you find the culprit.
Marvin K Mooney January 22, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Wow, how embarrassing that our community has come to this and that adults would go after children - how pathetic and disgusting. We are not exempt from many wanting to exit GL not just bc of prop taxes, school strikes, but the uncaring of many and poor neighborly attitudes. Shannon, I wish luck in finding this person, and I can see why many don't want to BOE volunteer, this behavior is defin not worth it & I hope many are keeping their safety eyes out for her kids and talking with all our kids that BULLYING is wrong and even as a bystander, you should step up! The schools say they have a ZERO tolerance which when asked to put that in action, they bail out. So many students get threatened with weapons, violence, and harsh verbal abuse and much of the administration & parents of these kids causing this, just ignore, no responsibility, no care. Someone needs to revamp Ellen Corell's bully plan that went far to the wayside & some parents need to take responsibility for their kids and pay attention.
Marvin K Mooney January 22, 2013 at 05:00 PM
and wow that parent that made the threatening call to Shannon & her family, there it lies as with the majority of bullying...starts from the parents/homes. wonder what goes on in his home, what a terrible thing he is teaching his kids, DCFS should run a head check on him.

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