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Posted on: April 21, 2016

[ARCHIVED] School Lunch Aide Charged in Battery of Second Grader


On April 4, 2016, a report was made to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office regarding a battery, which occurred on April 1, 2016, and took place at Woodland Elementary West School, 17371 West Gages Lake Road, Gages Lake. Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives were notified of the incident and began an immediate investigation.

Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives learned the battery occurred in the school lunchroom, following lunchtime for the second grade class. The investigation revealed the battery took place when Peggy Bora, 45, of the 18000 block of West Banbury Drive, Unincorporated Gurnee, a school lunch aide, pushed an eight year-old student to the ground on two separate occasions. On one of the occasions, after the eight year-old fell to the ground, Bora pushed the child’s head into the ground, causing injury.

Woodland Elementary West School administration provided their full support throughout the investigation. Upon learning of the allegations, Woodland Elementary West School immediately removed Bora from the school and placed her on leave. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was notified and also conducted an investigation, as this incident occurred inside a school.

On April 21, 2016, following the thorough investigation, sheriff’s detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Bora, for four counts of Aggravated Battery (Class 3 Felonies). Bond on the arrest warrant was set at $50,000.00. Bora surrendered herself to the custody of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office following the issuance of the warrant.

Bora was released from custody after posting 10% of the $50,000 bail. She is due back in court on May 11, 2016 at 9:00AM in courtroom C-120.

Sheriff Curran reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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