The Aurora Police Department received reports of potentially inappropriate content heard at the end of a virtual tutoring session for students at Waldo Middle School.
At this time, contrary to reports on social media, APD has not received any evidence of an inappropriate video being posted.
The APD was able to confirm that this incident involved a contracted company that provides tutoring sessions to District 131 students. The incident did not involve any District 131 employees.
APD investigators are working with the District 131 administration to investigate the incident. If anyone has video or additional evidence regarding the incident, please contact APD Investigations at 630-256-5500 or email [email protected]
Any other questions should be directed to the District 131 administration.
SOURCE: Aurora Police Department press release
Statement from School District 131 Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Norrell
Hello East Aurora SD131 Parents and Community,
In an effort to maintain clear and transparent communication, I would like to address last Thursday’s incident at Waldo Middle School.
Social media unrest and presence on other media outlets require a clear explanation to our dedicated District 131 community. When the reputation of our District and our dedicated staff is threatened by false information and inflammatory statements, the Everyone’s integrity is also threatened.
We want to confirm that last Thursday’s incident did not involve any District 131 employees. The tutor in question was an employee of Elevate K12, a virtual tutoring platform used to support students in their interventions. Internal investigations by Elevate K12, District 131 and the Aurora Police Department all align with the facts of this incident.
Contrary to comments and rumors on social media accounts and a local online outlet, there were absolutely no inappropriate videos viewed by any student, Elevate staff member or district employee. In fact, on Thursday the class lost video connection due to technology issues at 11:09 a.m. and according to our computer records, all but three of the students were completely disconnected – including the student recently on social media alleging otherwise. .
At 11:20 a.m., one of the three students shared with the teacher and the class that they had heard disturbing noises. The class teacher then messaged the tutor and asked the last three students to sign out. The company’s quality control academic coach and class coach who were both also connected to the system, noted noises that could be mistaken for sexual activity coming from what sounded like a television.
Elevate K12 followed after interviewing the tutor and reported that the sound was actually playing from a TV. All electronic system login information as well as student statements taken by the school administration on the Thursday immediately after class and on Friday align with these facts.
All of the students’ written statements, including statements from two students now giving different accounts on social media, were signed saying they had heard the noises. No student logged into the platform reported seeing any video or images of any kind.
We would like to emphasize how seriously we take the well-being and safety of our East Aurora students. The Waldo and District level leadership team will continue to provide support and guidance to our students throughout this process.
We are all advocates for our students, our EA families, and our faculty and district employees. To plead with fidelity, it is necessary to operate in the facts.
We will continue to work with Aurora Police to transparently communicate the details and evidence of the situation over the past week.
Thank you for remaining a partner and supporter of EA 131!
— Dr. Jennifer Norrell, Superintendent of Schools