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Dunbar H.S. employee suspended over video of girl shoved down stairs

Updated: June 25, 2013 6:44AM

Chicago Public Schools officials have suspended an employee of Dunbar Vocational Career Academy on the South Side after a video surfaced that appears to show him pushing a 16-year-old female student down a flight of stairs.

On the video, which seems to have been taken on a cell phone, it appears the man then hovers over the girl at the bottom of the stairs and shoves her again when she gets up and lunges at him. The video is posted on

Mark Sutter, an attorney retained by the girl’s family, issued a statement Thursday reading: “We are shocked by the unjustifiable assault committed by the CPS employee. The video and the egregious actions of the CPS employee speak for themselves. The family has retained Attorney Mark Sutter and the law firm of Sutter and Ori to pursue all available avenues at this point while they investigate what may be an ongoing pattern of conduct at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy.”

The incident occurred Tuesday at Dunbar at 3000 S. King Drive, said Alex Abate, another lawyer for the family. He said the girl was treated at a hospital emergency room, but he declined to provide further information.

CPS issued this statement Thursday:

“The safety of our students is our top priority. CPS takes matters of employee misconduct very seriously, especially when it involves an employee whose job it is to ensure the safety of students. Once CPS was made aware of this incident, immediate action was taken to remove this individual from his position while the investigation continues.”

Police are investigating but said no charges have been filed.

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