CPS “student advocate” charged with battering student off-campus

Marvin Allen was arrested at Jenner on the morning after the off-campus incident. | CPD; Google

A Chicago Public School employee battered a 12-year-old boy and sprained the student’s wrist in an after-school, off-campus incident last week, according to Chicago police.

Marvin Allen, a student advocate at Jenner Campus, 1119 North Cleveland in River North, is charged with one felony count of aggravated battery of a child causing great bodily harm.

Police said the student and his mother told them that the boy was walking to a bus stop after school on Feb. 11 when Allen stopped him in the 500 block of West Division. Allen grabbed the boy by the arm, removed the boy’s coat, and began searching the student for a hat, they said. Allen “grabbed the arm and neck of [the victim and] spun him around by his arm,” according to a police report.

When Allen failed to find what he was looking for, he took the boy’s comb from the student’s pocket and said he would return the comb when the boy surrendered the hat, according to allegations in court records.

That evening, the student’s mother took the boy to a clinic near their home, and a doctor diagnosed the boy with a sprained wrist, police said. Allen was arrested at Jenner the next morning.

Judge John Lyke released Allen on a recognizance bond.

CPS spokesperson Emily Bolton said, “we immediately removed the employee from his position upon learning of a deeply concerning altercation that took place off of school grounds. The district has launched a full investigation and will work with CPD as the investigation remains ongoing.”

“Student safety,” Bolt said, ‘is the district’s top priority.”

The 12-year-old and his family have been offered support by CPS and parents of Jenner students were notified of the incident.
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