U-High substitute teacher arrested for battery against a student

Published: Sep. 20, 2023 at 9:13 PM CDT
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NORMAL (25News Now) - A former full-time teacher, now a substitute teacher, at University High School in Normal, is accused of battery for a classroom incident on Tuesday.

Michael Troll, 64, of Minier, also coached football and wrestling at U-High. On Tuesday, Troll allegedly placed his hands on a student during the noon hour, according to Illinois State University Police Chief Aaron Woodruff. U-High is an ISU lab school.

Woodruff said the student was not seriously injured.

Police arrested Troll for a misdemeanor, although it will be up to the McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office to decide whether to file formal charges.

Illinois law says a battery is committed if someone “knowingly and without legal justification” causes bodily harm to someone or “makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature.”

ISU spokesperson Eric Jome released a statement to 25News Wednesday night, saying Troll “remains on the substitute list but is not currently being considered for any work at the University, which includes the Laboratory Schools.”

Under Illinois’ Safe-T-Act, Troll was arrested and given a notice to appear in court. The chief said Troll was not fingerprinted, nor did police take a mug shot.

If convicted of the Class A misdemeanor, Troll could be sentenced to a maximum one-year in the county jail and a $2,500 fine.