The relatives of an Illinois teen who committed suicide last January say that the boy’s school and Naperville law enforcement had a direct hand in the school hockey star’s final act, according to Rare.
Naperville North High School student Corey Walgren, 16, was reportedly called down to the dean’s office in January to be confronted by the school employee and a member of the Naperville Police Dept. regarding the supposed sharing of a recording of Walgren and a fellow female student, also 16, having sex.
“Corey had never been in any trouble at school, and he didn’t have a criminal record,” the New York Daily News further explains, “but he was called down to the dean’s office on January 11, where Naperville police were waiting for him.”
At the meeting, Corey was apparently told by officers that he was in possession of child pornography — as both he and the girl, who fully consented to sex with Corey, were under the legal age of 18 — and that he was at risk of being added to the state’s sex offenders registry as a pusher of child porn by allowing a third, unnamed party to view the clip.
Shortly after the sit-down, Walgren purportedly walked to a five-story parking deck in downtown Naperville and willingly plunged to the concrete below. He would subsequently die from his injuries later that evening at a nearby hospital.
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“I think they wanted to scare him straight,” Maureen Walgren, the Illinois teen’s mother, relayed to the Chicago Tribune about her son’s suicide.
“Instead,” she continued, “they scared him to death.”
After being notified by the dean of Naperville North that she would be required to sign off on a search of Corey’s phone for potential evidence, Ms. Walgren explained that she told the school official that she would arrive at the West Chicago-based education compound in less than an hour.
By the time she got there, however, Corey had already, unbeknownst to anyone, exited the school building.
“The officer looked at me and said, ‘Ma’am, do we have a reason to be concerned for his safety?'” the boy’s mother remembered, to which she responded, “under normal circumstances no, but you scared him pretty good.”
Three hours later, according to Ms. Walgren, Corey was dead.
“There was no concern for anything [before that],” his mother shared with the Chicago Tribune.
“Everything was fine. Everything was normal.”
Even more heartbreaking was the fact that Corey and his parents had happily conversed about the boy’s potential college plans only 24 hours before the Illinois teen’s successful suicide attempt.
“At 16, Corey didn’t know what he wanted to study [yet], but he liked the idea of attending a Big Ten school,” writer Stacy St. Clair reported.
“His parents, Doug and Maureen Walgren, described it as an exciting but bittersweet discussion with their eldest child, a rite-of-passage conversation that occurs in kitchens all across the country. It ended with the family deciding to visit the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota, both of which seemed realistic options given Corey’s solid grade point average and extra-curricular activities.”
Police ultimately revealed to Ms. Walgren that they never even planned to “pursue” charges against Corey, as they only wanted him to understand the severity behind his actions of sharing the racy clip, which was an audio-only recording, with other people.
In retaliation, Corey’s parents filed suit against both the school district and Naperville Police Dept. to, in part, force education officials and law officers to alter the way they deal with matters regarding children in the future.
“There has to be a change in their policy and their procedures,” Ms. Walgren said, “[because] Corey’s death cannot go by with no meaning at all.”
Reps for Naperville North High School and the city’s police squad have not commented on the Illinois teen’s suicide or the lawsuit.
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