No charges filed in school security guard death

A security guard at a high school in the south suburbs died, after trying to break up a fight.

It happened Thursday afternoon at Thornwood High School in South Holland.

Police say Richard Cowser and another security guard were trying to stop a fight between two female students in a school hallway.

When Cowser tried to separate the students, he fell against a locker and began having trouble breathing.

Cowser was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Family members say Cowser had no serious health problems.

He was 54-years-old.

After a police investigation the Cook County State’s attorney will not file charges against the students involved in the fight.

An autospy Friday was inconclusive so more tests are needed to determine how Cowser died.

7 comments

  • Seven

    um. kids get into fights in school. It happens. He was a grown man and two high school girls fighting .. im sure they are feeling terrible and ashamed. How could they have known that would happen?! Two girls in high school fighting is not uncommon. Yes the person breaking it up dying due to being pushed against a locker is insane but not normal and theres no way these girls intended that to happen. Ill be interested in what happens with this.

  • fmazz23

    May: I agree!
    Sounds like a similar incident that happened at my school many many many years ago (before the media even cared): A teacher was trying to break up a "gang" fight and ended up falling down the stairs and dying from an aneurysm from a head injury he sustained from the fall. The group of young men involved were charged with manslaughter and a couple of them were charged with UUW (knives). Of course, because of their ages, they were expelled from the school and placed in the Audy home (the ones that had the knives). The ones that weren't armed were put in a special "alternative" school.

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