Police seeking more video of Bloom Trail brawl

2014-03-10T21:30:00Z 2014-03-10T21:36:09Z Police seeking more video of Bloom Trail brawlGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 10, 2014 9:30 pm  • 

STEGER | Police are searching for as much video footage as they can find of a brawl that involved students in the cafeteria of Bloom Trail High School.

Friday's fighting resulted in the arrest of seven students. All are named in delinquency petitions pending in Cook County Juvenile Court.

Police Chief Gregory Rambo said Monday three girls and four boys are charged in the petitions with disorderly conduct, with one male student also facing a charge of resisting arrest.

A video of the incident was posted Friday on YouTube. The video, which had been removed by Monday night, showed school security officers separating students by force, just part of a chaotic and noisy scene.

The incident got students so worked up that school officials wound up closing school early Friday. Classes took place Monday without incident, school officials said.

Rambo said police will be spending coming days studying the surveillance footage from the high school's cameras. But he also hopes other video may surface.

Rambo said that based on the video footage they have seen of Friday's incident thus far, the seven students already named in delinquency petitions are the only ones who would face any kind of charges.

"If we get more video, we might learn something new that could result in someone else facing charges," Rambo said.

Officials say the brawl began in a serving line of the cafeteria when one of the female students became upset when she was unable to buy an order of French fries.

Rambo said she became vocal and physical in her anger, which provoked another student waiting in line to push back.

That escalated into an incident that broadcast reports last week indicated may have involved as many as 20 students. Rambo said Monday they were only aware of potentially-illegal behavior by the seven students.

Officials with Bloom Township High School District 206 had little to say about the incident. District Superintendent Lenell Navarre said, following a School Board meeting Monday night, school officials do not want to interfere with any police investigation.

"It's under investigation, still," he said, declining to say whether any students might face school discipline even if they do not wind up facing any charges in Juvenile Court.

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