The Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office asks people to stop sharing a video of a Moline football player, who wants people to know “I’m fine.”
The Office of the State’s Attorney has reviewed the complete investigation involving an incident captured on video “and shared numerous times on social media beginning this past Friday evening, April 9th 2021,” a news release sent Monday evening says.
“The video depicted a male juvenile who was confirmed to be a student and football player at Moline High School,” the release says. “Upon review of all the facts gathered by the Moline Police Department, numerous witness interviews and diligent investigation by the Moline Police Department and cooperation by students and staff, this Office has referred the matter for appropriate action in our Juvenile Division.”
Illinois law prohibits the public disclosure of any juvenile matters, “regardless of the public’s interest or opinion, and it remains this Office’s duty to carefully protect this information,” the release says.
“To clarify, the criminal and civil laws of this County and State remain separate and apart from any established school guidelines, policies or discipline process.”
The state’s attorney’s office was asked to share a statement made by the young man involved in the incident:
“I want to make it known that I’m fine. Everyone is worried about me and showing concern for me and I really appreciate it.”
“Second, can everyone please stop talking about the incident and video? I understand everyone wants justice for me and they want what they think is right to be done, but I already made my feelings known to the police and my friends about how I feel about everything.”
“I love the football team I’m on and they’re good guys. I know that personally. I talked to the people involved individually and they apologized. We had a heartfelt talk about it and I told them how I felt. So please don’t harass, bully, or threaten them at all.”
“Lastly, I want to get my life back together, and my student-athlete life back on track, so if you do ever see me or know who I am, treat me as a human first, not a victim.”
“We urge every member of the public to please c cease the sharing of this video on social media and respect the privacy of this young man,” the state’s attorney’s office said.