Cops: High school student threatened teacher

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By Bob Uphues


An 18-year-old Riverside-Brookfield High School student who was charged last October with defacing school property during a senior prank now faces two counts of felony aggravated disorderly conduct following a confrontation with two teachers at the school on Feb. 14.

According to Riverside police, Fard C. Johnson, of North Riverside, got into a verbal confrontation with the two teachers on Friday afternoon in a hallway in the social studies wing of the school. At the end of the day, Johnson was getting into his vehicle outside of the school when he drew the attention of one of those teachers and, when the teacher looked over, allegedly used his hand to make a slashing motion across his throat.

The teacher reportedly took this gesture as a threat to his safety and contacted police, who investigated the incident over the weekend.

Because the incident took place on school grounds, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved charging Johnson twice for aggravated disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony , and aggravated assault, a Class A misdemeanor.

At the time of his arrest, Johnson was awaiting a Feb. 25 court date in connection with the senior prank incident, in which he also was charged with a felony.

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Mangan Rick from Crown Point, Indiana  

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 10:27 AM

I notice it is mentioned in the last sentence he was charged with a felony during a "senior prank." How many felonies can a student be charged with before he is expelled by RB? Bob - perhaps if you reported exactly what he was accused of we could have a better understanding of the situation as a whole. His recent behavior is certainly relative to this story. The school seems to cherry pick their zero tolerance stance in my opinion.

Bob Uphues Riverside Brookfield Landmark Employee

Posted: February 19th, 2014 3:30 PM

Tim, the info wasn't available yesterday. He's in Cook County Jail with bond set at $50,000.

Tim Leimberer from Riverside, Illinois  

Posted: February 19th, 2014 2:38 PM

The story needs to let us know if he's out on bail or is he being held in jail?

Tina Davis from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: February 19th, 2014 1:59 PM

Kick him out of the school once and for all. Zero tolerance.

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