CRETE | The Police Department will spend several hours Thursday viewing video footage from security cameras and interviewing faculty members in their investigation of at least four fights that occurred in recent days at Crete-Monee High School, some of which reportedly involved cheerleaders at the high school.
One student, 18-year-old Damaria Sutton, of Park Forest, who is a cheerleader, faces adult charges related to one fight, while another student, who is 15, has a case pending in Will County’s juvenile court system.
Police Chief James Paoletti said there are several unanswered questions about the fights, and that police hope viewing security cameras and interviewing teachers and staff will help answer them.
Wednesday was only a half-day of class at the high school because of previously scheduled teacher meetings, causing the police interviews to be postponed a day.
Among the questions to be resolved is exactly how many fights have occurred. Paoletti said he was aware of four incidents, but also acknowledged posts on various social media websites indicating as many as 10 fights have occurred.
At least two of the fights involved students who were cheerleaders at the high school, including Sutton, who is charged with unlawful use of a weapon on school grounds, police said. Bond was set for her Monday at $5,000, and she was released from the Will County Jail in Joliet on Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s department.
Police said Sutton and another girl used social media sites to post negative comments about each other, and their fight was an attempt to settle the dispute. The second fight involving the 15-year-old was among girls who were friends of the two in the first fight.
Paoletti said police are trying to figure out if two other fights they are aware of have any connection to the first two.