Four young people have been charged with mob action after fights broke out outside Evanston Township High School Tuesday afternoon.

Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says officers assigned to monitor the dismissal from classes saw a large group of people gathering around two subjects who were fighting in the 1900 block of Church Street at 3:49 p.m.

Guenther says that as officers tried to separate the combatants numerous other fights erupted through the crowd creating what Guenther described as an “extremely volatile” situation.

He says officers were forced into physical confrontations with combatants who ignored police commands to stop fighting.

One officer used his Taser, which Guenther says helped in controlling and the eventual arrest of one highly combative offender.

Guenther says one officer suffered an injury to his leg and four combatants were arrested, none of whom claimed to be injured.

Guenther says police learned some of the youths had used text messaging to plan and spread the word about the fight. Detectives confiscated the suspects’ cell phones in an effort to substantiate that the fights were premeditated.

The four youths arrested have now been charged with two counts each of felony mob action.

They’ve been identified as Nate Burton, 17, of 7645 Bosworth in Chicago; Jeffery Alan Craig II, 20, of 1827 Lyons Ave.; Deshawn Joseph Thomas, 19, of 1724 Lyons Ave. and an Evanston juvenile.

They are scheduled to appear in Skokie district court on Sept. 21.

Update 5:09 p.m.: A statement on the ETHS website says only one of those arrested, the juvenile, is a student at ETHS.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Was teen in fight at ETHS a student ?

    Was he a student ? How since address is Chicago.  If not why was he at ETHS and is that not another count since I assume like other schools there must be a valid reason for being on school property and that the laws are even stricter than for other types of property.

    Nate Burton, 17, of 7645 Bosworth in Chicago


    If a student, this shows how poor the ETHS control of who is admitted is.  How many more Chicago students at ETHS ?  At $20,000 per student, we can't afford to educate non-Evanston children.


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