District 150 board members says kids are being bullied by adults

By Katherine Tellez

March 24, 2014 Updated Mar 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The negativity some community members have towards the District 150 administration and board members may now be effecting children.

Board member Laura Patelle says the children of District 150 employee's are being threatened and bullied at school because of their parents stance on the current issues in the district.

Patelle said her child was threatened but she wasn't going to make a big deal out of it. But now it's happening more and more and she's tired of it.

"Anyone who is trying to take an argument to children in school needs to get a grip and settle down," said Patelle. "You cannot retaliate against the children of administrators or board members or threaten those students safety. It's unacceptable and it has to stop."

Change 150 spokesman Dan Dugal says personal threats are unacceptable -- and Change 150 does not condone that.

Neither I or anyone on Change 150 agrees with the making of personal threats, to either you, your children or any other person," Dugal said. "Personal threats are completely unacceptable."

And while the two sides continue to go back-and-forth -- many people are tired of it.

"I come here tonight with something of an appeal for civility," said District 150 teacher Travis Bowlby. "The uproar over the board and administration seems to have brought out the absolute worst amoung many in the community. It is okay to disagree, it is okay to state your case, but it is never okay to lay out vicious, hurtful or personal attacks. Progress, or good change will never come from that."

Many parents also spoke out Monday night against the new recess policy at Charter Oak.

Parents are no longer allowed to be outside with their children at recess -- a policy put in place last week.

The parents said it's unfair because Charter Oak is the only school with this rule.

President of the board, Rick Cloyd, said the district has a responsibility to keep students safe.

He added that policies vary from school to school and are set by the principals.

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