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Mom of teen who committed suicide ‘due to COVID isolation’ sues Illinois governor

The mother of a teenager, who committed suicide last year, has blamed his death on COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in Illinois and recently joined a lawsuit against Gov J.B. Pritzker for canceling the winter high school sports season. 

Trevor Till who was a student-athlete at Seneca High School died by suicide on October 21, 2020, at the age of 18.   

His mother, Lisa Mara Moore has blamed his death on Pritzker’s strict lockdown rules. 

‘My son died because of COVID isolation,’ Moore told The Faulkner Focus. ‘He truly enjoyed being at school. That’s where his heart and soul was.’

Lisa Mara Moore (pictured), the mother of a teenager who committed suicide due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in Illinois has sued Gov J.B. Pritzker for canceling the winter high school sports season

Trevor Till

Trevor Till (pictured) who was a student-athlete at Seneca High School took his own life on October 21, 2020, at the age of 18

Trevor Till (left and right) who was a student-athlete at Seneca High School took his own life on October 21, 2020, at the age of 18

Through tears, Moore said: ‘He was an awesome brother. He was an awesome son. He was my person. I miss him so much.’ 

Moore told the news show that she noticed her son getting a ‘little depressed’ after the sports season was canceled.  

‘He’s a teenage boy. They need their friends. They need the interaction. They need the socialization,’ she said. 

‘He was that student in the classroom that raised his hand, got the conversations going. Doing that from Zoom, doing that from his bedroom, it was not the same feeling for him,’ Moore added. 

Moore joined the parents of three other student-athletes who are suing Pritzker. 

They claim that his decision to cancel the winter high school sports season caused their children to suffer severe emotional and physical harm because of the restrictions. 

According to the lawsuit, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times: ‘Trevor was devastated that he didn’t have his senior year track and pole vaulting season’.

‘The final blow was when winter sports were canceled. Trevor committed suicide on October 21, 2020, a proximate cause of which was Governor Pritzker’s restrictions on high school sports programs,’ the suit reads. 

'The final blow was when winter sports were canceled. Trevor committed suicide on October 21, 2020, a proximate cause of which was Governor Pritzker's (pictured) restrictions on high school sports programs,' the suit reads

‘The final blow was when winter sports were canceled. Trevor committed suicide on October 21, 2020, a proximate cause of which was Governor Pritzker’s (pictured) restrictions on high school sports programs,’ the suit reads

According to the lawsuit: 'Trevor was devastated that he didn't have his senior year track and pole vaulting season.' Trevor is seen pole vaulting during a competition

According to the lawsuit: ‘Trevor was devastated that he didn’t have his senior year track and pole vaulting season.’ Trevor is seen pole vaulting during a competition 

Moore joined the parents of three other student-athletes suing Pritzker. They claim that his decision to cancel the winter high school sports season caused their children to suffer severe emotional and physical harm because of the restrictions

Moore joined the parents of three other student-athletes suing Pritzker. They claim that his decision to cancel the winter high school sports season caused their children to suffer severe emotional and physical harm because of the restrictions

The suit alleges that Pritzker’s cancellation ‘is an unconstitutional violation of the Plaintiffs’ right to equal protection under the Constitution of the State of Illinois’.  

Moore said on The Faulkner Focus that her son ‘was an all-around awesome boy’.

She said he was a good student, an Illinois state scholar and he participated on the speech and cross country teams at Seneca High School. 

Another plaintiff, Kate Benton, who is the mother of two athletes at Downers Grove North, claimed that her children have been unable to be seen by college recruiters because of the cancellation of winter sports. 

According to the lawsuit, Benton’s daughter, a basketball and softball player, ‘has suffered socially with no contact with peers, has lost most of her friends and rarely leaves the house’.  

Attorney, Laura Grochocki, who is representing the group, told The Faulkner Focus: ‘Unfortunately, in Illinois and I think in many, many other places, I think the elites in power, they’ve dismissed high school students.’

She went on to say that ‘this is a clear violation of the equal protection rights of high school students in Illinois’.

Grochocki also pointed out that professional sports and college sports have been able to continue during the pandemic ‘because they’re rich and powerful,’ but for high schools, ‘the state has classified basketball and football and wrestling and Frisbee as high risk sports and have canceled them until very, very recently’. 

While the governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment, he did comment on the lawsuit during a daily coronavirus update last month.

‘Professional sports and college sports have significant resources for protecting their players,’ Pritzker said at the time. 

‘For creating social distance, for example, by having multiple locker rooms; by making sure they have plexiglass everywhere that they need to separate the players; to test them on a much more regular basis than an individual high school or district could afford. That’s why there is a difference.’


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