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5/21/2012 11:25:00 AM
L-P board vandalized after controversial coaching vote


Matthew Baker
Staff Writer



The recent La Salle-Peru Township High School Board decision to drop baseball coach Bill Booker and boys track coach Jake Burke from coaching duties may be causing unexpected repercussions.
Over the weekend local police received reports of suspicious circumstances at the homes of two L-P school board members and a member of the school’s staff.
Burnt L-P caps and torn T-shirts were found on two properties in Peru, Peru police chief Doug Bernabei said this morning.
L-P board president Jim Quesse of La Salle reported having the tires of his car slashed Sunday morning, according to La Salle police chief Rob Uranich.
Bernabei said the police department is investigating to see if the incidents are related to the recent coaching changes at the school.
On Wednesday, the school board voted not to reassign Booker or Burke to their coaching positions — they both remain employed as teachers — at the conclusion of a board meeting that included pleas from both men as well as others in the community to preserve their coaching statuses.
Superintendent Steve Wrobleski said it’s still unclear if the incidents are related to the decision. Nothing was left on his property, he said.
“At this point it’s too early to speculate,” Wrobleski said.
Quesse said the school board hasn’t had an opportunity to discuss the incidents in detail yet, but may issue a statement as more information is uncovered.
“It’s a sad situation,” he said.
Booker and Burke were unavailable for comment as L-P classes are currently in finals testing.












Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012
Article comment by: Stella Louise

Any of the parties involved in this really need to grow up and own up to what they did. What they did, as stated by many, is pathetic and I hope they receive all appropriate charges. Teachers and coaches alike are let go all the time and no one ever acts like a bunch of barbarians. Whether it was students, former students, parents, etc...it almost makes me ashamed to have gone to L-P with this kind of behavior that was displayed.

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