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.