Second video surfaces of security guard allegedly shoving student
BY ART GOLAB Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org May 24, 2013 9:26PM
This is an image from a video that allegedly shows Lauren Goodlow being pushed down stairs by a CPS security
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Updated: June 26, 2013 6:19AM
A second video surfaced Friday that more clearly shows a 16-year-old girl apparently being shoved down a flight of stairs at Dunbar High School by a Chicago Public Schools security guard.
The shaky cell phone video taken by a student was released by an attorney hired by the girl’s family. After being pushed down the stairs, the video shows the girl tried to get up, but the guard knocked her down again.
Attorney Matt Sutter said the girl, Lauren Goodlow, a sophomore at Dunbar, was knocked unconscious at some point and is seeking treatment for injuries she suffered.
The family issued a photograph of Goodlow, which they said shows cuts and bruises she suffered in the incident.
“After seeing this video, it boils my blood,” said attorney Sutter, a former prosecutor. “It makes me wish I was a prosecutor again, because I would love to prosecute this man for doing what he did to this young child.”
Sutter and the girl’s mother spoke to the press Friday at the Michigan Avenue offices of Sutter and Ori.
“She’s upset, but right now she’s complaining about a great deal of pain,” said Lauren’s mother, Pershaun Goodlow. “I broke down crying because I couldn’t believe that a staff member at a school would treat a child like that.”
Sutter said Lauren Goodlow was in an argument with another student when the officer stepped in. “There was a verbal altercation that the officer stepped in on,” Sutter said. “There was no threat of violence at that time. This was absolutely not self-defense. This was unequivocal, egregious conduct.”
An earlier video posted online was taken from a different angle and did not clearly show Goodlow being pushed down the stairs.
The incident occurred Tuesday at Dunbar at 3000 S. King Drive.
CPS has suspended the guard and is conducting an investigation.
Chicago police are also investigating but no charges have been filed.