A 17-year-old Riverside-Brookfield High School student remains in custody at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago after he allegedly punched a security staff member and a school administrator in the face during an incident outside the school on Monday afternoon.
The school administrator reportedly struck by the student was later transported to Loyola University Medical Center after complaining of chest pains. The security staffer was treated by paramedics at the scene.
According to Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, the student was causing a disturbance just outside the school about 3:20 p.m. Allegedly he was yelling, swearing and “making very disparaging remarks to staff and other students.”
School staff told the student to go home, but he allegedly refused and continued “verbally abusing” staff members, including threatening them with bodily harm, according to police.
When staff members attempted to bring the student inside and impose discipline, the incident escalated into a fight, said police. A Riverside police officer who was working a traffic detail at that time ran to assist the staff members.
At that point, said police, the student punched the two school staff members and struck a police officer. He reportedly continued to be very aggressive after being physically restrained by police.
Additional police units responded to the scene, as the incident drew large numbers of onlookers.
“Although there was a large police presence in front of the school at the time of the incident, the response was handled quickly and no other students or staff members were injured as a result of the student’s unruly behavior,” Weitzel said.
According to police, the student is a ward of the state who resides in a foster home in Broadview. He was charged with two counts of aggravated battery to school personnel, both felonies. He was also charged with a felony count of aggravated battery to a police officer.
In addition, he was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.
Police stated that at the time of the incident, the student was on probation for a separate felony conviction out of Chicago and in May 2012 was arrested in Chicago for aggravated battery to school personnel. He reportedly has 19 prior arrests.