Joliet Grade School Parent Faces Disorderly Conduct Charge

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JOLIET, IL — A parent of a Joliet Public School District 86 student, 43-year-old Heather Lester, was booked into the Will County Jail on Sunday in connection with her latest outburst against A. O. Marshall Elementary School Principal Lisa Marie Moreno, according to Will County prosecutors.

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office of Jim Glasgow has charged Lester, who lives in the 1600 block of East Cass Street, with disorderly conduct. She was released from the county jail late Sunday afternoon after posting 10 percent of her $10,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint, Lester “knowingly punched a sliding separation window inside A.O. Marshall Elementary School, whereby the separation fell off the track and the separation window struck A.O. Elementary School Principal Dr. Lisa Moreno in such unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb … and to provoke a breach of the peace.”

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At the Will County Courthouse, Moreno has been granted an emergency order of protection from Will County Judge Derek Ewanic to keep Lester away from her and the school property, court records show.

Marshall Elementary School is located at 319 Harwood St.

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According to the order of protection petition, the Marshall Elementary principal has been dealing with problems involving Lester since at least March. Heather Lester also goes by the name Heather Schronski, court documents noted.

On Aug. 30, Lester called the school’s main office at 7:20 a.m. and spoke with clerical staff, declaring, “I’m dropping off my son as a car rider and I will be picking him up on my own 2 feet,” court records show.

Marshall Elementary School is located at 319 Harwood St.on Joliet’s east side. Image via Google Maps

After school staff put Lester’s call on hold, she hung up. At 9:20 a.m. Lester came to the school and “I told them not to let her in past the vestibule,” Moreno advised, according to court documents.

Lester began arguing with the principal regarding the student handbook and “she began to swear and I reminded her that she cannot use offensive language with me. I put up my hand and said ‘Ma’am. She got louder saying ‘Don’t put your hand up at me and continued swearing.’

“I slid the communication window closed and Ms. Lester punched the window with her fist, knocking it off its track and hitting my wrist,” Moreno informed the judge. “She called me a bitch as she stormed out. This was witnessed by the secretary and the clerical staff. I called the Joliet Police Department” and filed a formal police report.

According to court records supplied by Moreno, Marshall Elementary School’s principal has been dealing with problems involving Lester for much of 2022.

The order of protection indicates that:

On July 20: Lester called Marshall and “I answered the phone. Ms. Lester immediately began swearing and telling me that her child’s father was on the records, and he had no right to be. I asked her to stop using profanity and tried to direct her to our legal office explaining that since the father is on the birth certificate he has a legal right to access his child’s school records.”

On March 15: Lester called to complain how she wanted to put her child in a different first grade general education classroom because his teacher was absent.

“I told her there was a nationwide shortage, but the other school did not have more classrooms per grade level. Ms. Lester was angry and indicated that she would be calling the district.”

On March 9: Lester called swearing and said if his teacher was absent, she did not want him to go into a bilingual class. “I asked her to please stop using profanity and explain how students are divided in the case of unexpected absences. She hung up angry.”

March 2: Ms. Lester alleged that a teacher made her son wear a mask in the classroom (and) he had a rash behind his ear as a result. She also alleged that her child asked for help and the teacher refused, and she received an automated attendance call despite the fact that she called in her child’s absence. His mother also insisted it was not the right of anyone to tell her child to wear a mask.

As a result of Judge Ewanic’s order, Lester must now stay at least 100 feet away from Principal Moreno, the A.O. Elementary School property on Harwood Street and the “respondent is prohibited from attending this school.”


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