The Rock Island County State Attorney’s Office is asking people to stop sharing a video of a Moline soccer player who wants people to know I’m fine.
Prosecutors have reviewed the entire investigation into a videotaped incident and “shared it several times on social media starting last Friday evening, April 9, 2021,” according to a press release sent on Monday evening.
“The video showed a male teenager who was confirmed as a student and soccer player at Moline High School,” the press release said. “After a review of all the facts gathered by the Moline Police Department, numerous witness interviews and careful investigations by the Moline Police Department, and student and staff collaboration, that office referred the matter to our youth department for appropriate action.”
Illinois law prohibits the disclosure of youth affairs “regardless of the interests or opinion of the public, and it remains the duty of that office to carefully protect this information,” the news release said.
“For the sake of clarity, the criminal and civil laws of this county and state are kept separate from any established school policies, guidelines, or disciplinary procedures.”
Prosecutors were asked to provide a statement from the young man involved in the incident:
“I want to make it known that I’m fine. Everyone worries and shows concern for me and I really appreciate that. “
“Second, can everyone please stop talking about the incident and the video? I understand that everyone wants justice for me and that what they think is right should be done, but I have already shared my feelings with the police and my friends about how I feel about everything. “
“I love the soccer team I’m on and they are good guys. I know that personally. I spoke to the people involved individually and they apologized. We had a warm chat about it and I told them how I felt. Please do not harass, bully, or threaten them at all. “
“After all, I want to get my life back in line and get my student-athlete life going again. So if you ever see me or know who I am, treat me as a person first, not a victim.”
“We urge every member of the public to stop sharing this video on social media and to respect this young man’s privacy,” prosecutors said.