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Kevin Wall Remembered By Community

The deceased H-F teacher is remembered by many as a transformative instructor.

H-F teacher Kevin Wall died Tuesday, Dec 10.
H-F teacher Kevin Wall died Tuesday, Dec 10.

The tragic news of Homewood-Flossmoor High School teacher Kevin Wall’s death has deeply shaken the H-F community. 

Wall was an extremely well-respected and influential member of the H-F faculty. Sadly, the circumstances surrounding his final days are controversial—but to many, Wall will be remembered as the passionate teacher who instilled confidence his pupils, and made learning fun.

“He was the best English teacher I ever had,” recalls former student Bonny McCoyne. “ I vividly remember him reading Of Mice and Men. At the end, he had us close our eyes, and when Lenny shot George, he slammed the door.”

Here are some additional excerpts from those whose lives have been impacted by Kevin Wall:

"I only had you as a teacher for one year but the influence you had on me in my education and personal character was tremendous. You went against nearly every norm and at first you scared the living hell out of me but you became my favorite teacher and someone i really admired and respected." Emma K. said on Facebook.

"My daughter called from the University of Iowa and she was crying so bad, she said you changed the way she looked at things. You will truly be missed these kids loved you more then you will ever know!" Lisa C. said on Facebook.

“He was a person loved by so many, and a huge staple in our community,” Symone Farmer said.

“This is truly unfortunate, considering the good that man brought to our community.” Cindy Izzo said.

“He was so many things for so many people and made an impact of unimaginable magnitude while he was with us. He was our teacher, our director, our friend, and our family,” Theodore Brockly said.

“Mr.Wall was a highly respected, very loved, and well appreciated teacher at my school. He had an impact on so many people, and the impact it had on our students at school today was just evidence of that,” Michelle Jiles said.


Master X December 12, 2013 at 04:25 PM
His impact on your life doesn't grant him immunity from his actions, Tiera.
Sean December 12, 2013 at 07:05 PM
I don't understand why all of you are arguing about something that might not even be true. if you actually read the original post it says it was an ongoing investigation! No one has the right to talk badly about a man who obviously will be greatly missed in the H-F community. I only saw him every once in a while around the hallways but he always had a smile on his face and greatly influenced many of my friends to achieve excellence in school and in their personal lives. He shouldn't be criticized on something that may be false. He should be remembered as a smart, caring and kind individual that he was and not a "sexual predator". You all need to think that when you die do you want to be remembered as a good person or have people just focus on something bad that's an allegation towards you. These comments disgust me. also madge what makes you believe he "preyed" on multiple students?!?! before you start commenting serious allegations try getting your facts straight and have some respect for a very influential man!
Luke Marketti December 12, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Mad As I can Be, get over yourself.
Luke Marketti December 12, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Quit attempting to try and play the victimization game with people and being the typical sycophant that many of you ingrates play the role so well these days and show some fucking respect. First and fore mostly, furnish proof to me that will substantiate these claims of yours and if you fail to then kindly kick rocks and move on with your life. My sister shared a very strong relationship with Kevin Wall both inside and outside of Homewood Flossmoor professionally, he was a friend of hers, a theater director of hers and most importantly he was her TEACHER. So either once again provide me with evidence as in actual photographic evidence to back up your claims or shut the hell up and go about trying to receive consolation from other people.
Happy December 12, 2013 at 09:54 PM
llinois - The age of consent in Illinois is 17. For people 18 or over, it is illegal for them to commit acts of a sexual nature on persons who are under the age of 18 if they are in a position of authority or trust over the victim. This effectively raises the age of consent for older people in positions of authority or trust to 18 years old.
Happy December 12, 2013 at 09:57 PM
What Kevin Wall did was wrong! I know for a fact that he molested one of his students. A great man would not molest children. A great teacher would not take advantage of his students. The fact that many of you, adults and children, are condoning this sexual predator is truly sad. Why are you all defending a sexual predator? What is wrong with our society?
Happy December 12, 2013 at 09:59 PM
@Luke, you sound like a complete idiot for defending a child molester.
EHildy December 12, 2013 at 10:07 PM
I just think it is really sad that a great article about a wonderful teacher has turned into a bash fest in the comments section. There are many many people mourning right now and honestly, if you don't have something nice to say, please just don't say it. Let's try to respect the people, especially the students, who are suffering right now.
Sean December 12, 2013 at 10:07 PM
concernedone, in all reality your the one whose an idiot, hundreds of children and adults are upset about Mr. wall's passing. so do everyone a favor and keep your comments to yourself...
Happy December 12, 2013 at 10:12 PM
@sean, I will not keep my comments to myself when a member of my family was molested by this man! What if one of you family members or friends had been molested by him? What do you think about that? I am angry! You should keep your insensitive comments to yourself. It goes both ways
Sean December 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM
concernedone, even if one of your family members were molested it doesn't give you the right to publicize it on the web and cause more pain for people who are upset about his passing... people want to remember him as a good person and not a bad one. if you did something bad would you want people to just remember that one thing? its stupid and immature to cause more grief to the community.
Happy December 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM
@ehildy, what is wonderful about a man who molested a member of my family? I am not bashing. I am enlightening. What about the kids who are suffering that have been molested by this man?
Happy December 12, 2013 at 10:24 PM
@sean, what about my family's pain?
nancy bodnar December 12, 2013 at 10:30 PM
I'm on this site, reading information...or should I say gossip. I did not know Mr. Wall, nor did my kids have him for any classes. All I know is that I am just totally amazed how people go off on rants about the negatives of a person BEFORE any of the investigations are completed. Maybe he did, maybe he didn't have a relationship with a student(s). It is not for us to judge. He is with his maker right now. My heart goes out for the family, the family that has to read about and/or listen to the things that are being written of their loved one. I agree with another person who commented earlier...How would you feel as a family member, if you had to read, or hear whispers about your loved one, like the comments that are being posted today? I'm sure it would make you feel sick! How about we all go on with our own business of trying to live our own lives, without casting judgment of others...especially this time of year. Why not just say a prayer for his soul and for his family members....God will take care of the rest!
Sean December 12, 2013 at 10:32 PM
concernedone, well im sorry if your family has pain but it doesn't give you the right to externalize your hatred on someone who many people were close to. all your doing is causing more pain to his family and other people. just because you and your family didn't like him doesn't mean you have to fill peoples last memories of Mr. Wall with bad things...
Sean December 12, 2013 at 10:33 PM
nancy bodnar is 100% right
Happy December 12, 2013 at 10:36 PM
@nancy, how is it gossip when the person that was molested lives with me? Furthermore, when a family is grieving they are not reading any comments or blogs. They are too busy grieving! If you are truly grieving, get OFF the comment section and go about your grieving!
EHildy December 12, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Again, I'm just asking for people to be respectful. Every single person is capable of doing both wonderful and horrific things. In this day and age I prefer to seek out the good in people. Mr. Wall's passing is causing much pain, especially to his students, and they are the people I am most concerned about right now. Seeing all this hatred is not helping anyone! We are talking about children who are suffering here. I understand that you may have reasons for your feelings but, to be completely honest, is it making you feel any better by putting it on here over and over again? Does putting someone else down and throwing hate and accusations all over the place make anyone feel better? I am sorry that your family has suffered but, in my opinion, this is not the place. I will stand by my belief that Mr. Wall was a wonderful man as I have seen how he impacted and influenced the lives of my own children. My daughter would not be who she is today if it were not for Mr. Wall so yes, I think he was a wonderful man and I only wish I could have told him "Thank You" before he died. He may have made some bad choices but honestly, who hasn't?
Happy December 12, 2013 at 10:44 PM
@ehildy, it is sad that you attribute your daughter's success to a teacher and not yourself and her own strength and fortitude. Good night!
Sean December 12, 2013 at 10:50 PM
is it just you goal in life to see how big of an idiot you can be in one day!?!? obviously teachers make a huge difference in kids... that's a blow to all teachers who work hard on a day to day basis that try to help students!
EHildy December 12, 2013 at 10:53 PM
As both a parent and a teacher, thank you Sean!
Happy December 12, 2013 at 10:57 PM
@sean,you should not let anyone upset you like this because of their comments. Go grieve for your beloved teacher
Sean December 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM
your welcome! Im a sophomore in high school and i have more courtesy than this fool!
Sean December 12, 2013 at 11:01 PM
actually i never had him i just know how to be respectful and not upset hundreds of people
Brandon December 13, 2013 at 06:18 AM
The man is dead and all people can focus on is past allegations ? He that is without sin cast the first stone. Peace to his family Crickets
Anon December 13, 2013 at 07:59 AM
In a community paper, emotion is everything. Emotions make or break a community. This is the patch, which exists to serve the community. Stirring gossip does the community a disservice. This will not make the editor the next Citizen Kane, journalistic giant by getting readers all riled up. It simply goes against what the patch was created for. We are now divided, not united. What a shame, considering Kevin Wall's classes broke down barriers and brought students closer together.
nancy bodnar December 13, 2013 at 07:09 PM
ConcernedOne...if you are this angry over what has happened, then I think you need to take it to a different forum! If you knew about this before, then YOU should have taken it to the School Board, Police Department, a lawyer (if you didn't already) or to your State Representative or even a TV station for some action. It seems to me that you are using this forum for your venting. What I do know is that there are other ways to get action for wrong doings, besides just throwing words out on an open forum like this. just saying...I hope time heals all of your pain. I mean that sincerely!
Karen December 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Please, please let the man rest in peace. I will never understand the negative vibe some people need to create in a time of pain and sadness for others. Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. The end. He ended it. Does this make some people happy? It saddens me how cruel some people can be.
Theresa Gobby Marketti December 14, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Hey, concernedone, that's my son you're attacking. Beware a mother's claws. If you have substantiated evidence, go to the authorities. Leave it out of a public forum. Let the dead rest in peace..
Sean December 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Theresa Gobby Marketti, I am sorry for your loss. May Kevin rest in piece. He was a very influential man and changed hundreds of students lives.

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