UPDATE: Teen Struck by Train Identified as son of Lake Forest College President

Edward Schutt, 18, was hit by train in early morning hours on Sunday.

5:07 p.m. Sunday, March 25

In an email sent out to the Lake Forest College community by Dean Flot, dean of students at Lake Forest College, confirmed the president's son was the victim struck by a train and killed early Sunday morning.

"Obviously this is a very sad and upsetting situation, and we understand that some support might be helpful. I encourage you to reach out to each other, family, friends, or anyone you feel comfortable speaking with," Flot wrote.

Flot advised LFC students that counselors are available during the week, and after hours at (847) 735-5555.

"Our hearts go out to President Schutt, his wife Lori, and their children William and Mary," Flot wrote.


4:48 p.m. Sunday, March 25

Edward Schutt, who was struck and killed by a Metra train in the early morning hours of Sunday, was the son of Lake Forest College president Stephen Schutt.

The elder Schutt has been president at the college since 2001. Edward was one of three children.

4:10 p.m. Sunday, March 25

In an e-mail to parents, Lake Forest High School principal Jay Hoffman identified the teen struck by a train early this morning as senior Edward Schutt.

"Ed was a talented and bright student and will be missed," Hoffman wrote.

With school out on spring break this coming week, Hoffman indicate students can speak with members of the CROYA staff. CROYA is open 10 a.m.t o 3 p.m. during the week.

Once school resumes April 2, the high school's student support personnel will be available in Room 160J.

Schutt was an honor roll student more than once as noted in the Lake Forest High School report from September of last year. (See Class of 2012: Honor Roll Semester 2, 2010-2011).

As a freshman, Schutt received a Cum Laude award as a second year student taking the National Latin Exam.

1:09 p.m. Sunday, march 25

In a brief press release from Lake Forest Police, the victim is confirmed as being 18 years old.

The name is not being released at the direction of the Lake County Coroner's office.


11:48 a.m. Sunday march 25

Lake Forest blogger Ralph Keen says what many of us are feeling in light of this third train-related death in as many months: Not Again.

Feel free to add your comments.


11:07 a.m., Sunday, March 25

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said the young male was struck by a train between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

"The train that hit the young man didn't realize it," Davis said in a voicemail.

Davis said Union Pacific officials are attempting to determine what train hit the white male identified only as 18 years old.

The body has not been identified pending notification of relatives.

Davis said their investigation continues.

Lake Forest Deputy Chief Jim Held said they will view Metra video to determine what train hit the young man. "There are not a lot of trains running during that time," Held said.

Railroad service was delayed for approximately 3 hours during the investigation and was restored at approximately 10:30 a.m., according to Lake Forest police.


10:50 am. Sunday, March 25

For the third time in three months, another young man has been hit by a train Sunday morning in Lake Forest.

This time the victim is a white male, in his late teens or early 20s, according to Lake Forest Deputy Chief Jim Held.

Held said police received a call at 7:30 a.m. Sunday from the southbound Union Pacific train saying they had seen "the possibility of a body" near the tracks in the 700 block of South Sheridan Road between Westleigh Avenue and Old Elm Road.

"At this point, we're not sure what time this happened, but it was before 7:30 a.m.," Held said. "There were no witnesses that we are aware of at this time."

The Lake County Coroner's office was on the scene, and cause of death will be determined by them.

This incident follows two others involving Lake Forest High School students, and , both 15. Hussain walked in front of a Metra train Jan. 9 on his way to school and it was later ruled a suicide by the Lake County Coroner's office.

Laskero-Teskoski's was also struck by a southbound train Feb. 28 on his way to school. The official cause of death has not been released by the coroner's office.

Lake Forest-Lake Buff Patch will continue to update this story as information is released.

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Really? March 27, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Gary, I'm not sure I agree with you on your above analysis. Based on my own experience, as a survivor of sibling suicide, one of the most difficult hurdles in recovery was the feeling of isolation. Support and reassurance of "it's not your fault" needs to be conveyed. Many will be experiencing these feelings. We have a great community of professionals that can guide us, I think. Will someone please step forward?
Gary March 27, 2012 at 07:19 PM
The right actions for consoling survivors may not be the right ones to stop the next event.
Steve March 28, 2012 at 01:01 AM
First off people, where did this article or any of the others say this was a suicide? It happened in the very early hours of the morning and it was likley very dark. The point here is this happened in an area that has a bike path almost imediately next to the tracks. This very well could have been a terible accident. We are drawing very hurtful conclusions here at a time when a family has lost their son, and brother. Perhaps we need to be a bit more compassionate and not assume anything. The family needs to grieve and to try to make sense of this tragedy. If it is yet another suicide, yes it would be terrible as nobody should feel the only resolve to a problem is to die. Life is far to precious a gift. We, the public, need to stop being so negative about our future, within the media and our daily lives. Times are tough, but perhaps it is time to stop complaining and giving these kids a dreary outlook about life ahead and start adopting an attitude of when things get tough the tough get going!! Bottom line is stop dwelling on negativity, start focusing on the posistive, and in this case, don't draw conclusions that could hurt the innocent family more than they are already suffering.
The Q March 28, 2012 at 01:55 AM
You can hear a train coming.........come on. What postive comes from this? We speak to stop the next event.
ChiTownRunnr March 28, 2012 at 09:05 AM
We cannot imagine why someone would want to commit suicide because we are fortunate not to suffer from a mental illness. I am not a professional but I do have a teenage family member who suffers from this terrible disease. I believe that the biggest issue limiting our ability to slow the suicide rate is that we do not recognize quickly enough (or at all) the signs and symptoms of mental illness. If we truly wish to minimize these all too frequent events, we must learn to talk about the illness. A significant percentage of those with a severe mental illness will attempt suicide and many of those will succeed. I speak to many people each day who simply refuse to accept mental illness as a disease. If your child was suffering from cancer, you would go to any length necessary to get them treatment. Help is available and treatment does help. We need to remove the stigma associated with this terrible disease. If any good can come from these tragedies it must be that we start the conversation.


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