Three students were arrested at Evanston Township High School this morning after several girls got into a fight at the school.

Evanston Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the school resource officer was able to detain the three while others involved managed to get away.

The three taken into custody are all juveniles and will be charged with disorderly conduct, Dugan says.

In addition one of the three will also face charges of resisting arrest and of possessing a stun gun on school property.

Dugan says she didn’t use the stun gun in the fight, but it was found on her after her arrest.

Dugan says there were no injuries from the fight, but one girl was taken to the hospital as a result of an asthma attack.

The incident happened about 9:20 a.m. on the first day back in session after spring break.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. We need to stop criminalizing

    We need to stop criminalizing the behavior of juveniles. Kids have gotting into fights at school since there were schools. Back in the day you got detention or suspention. arresting juveniles for fighting is obscene.


    1. Huh?
      At what point do you think behavior becomes criminal? Should the school wait until clean up of blood on the floor requires a wet-vac?

      If a student dies from asthma attack as a result of the fight – still just kids being kids? Clearly the fight was too big of a problem (with at least 1 weapon present) for the outstanding safety staff or the administration to treat in the normal way.

      Most parents do not want their kids going to gladiator school.

    2. Evanston—home of the “we will excuse anything”
      School fights—just kids being kids. They will outgrow it, just forget the harm and what lessons they were not taught.
      Robbery, Assault—They needed the money so the community [and probably victim] should turn over the necessary money to them.
      Murder—they must have had deprived childhoods and needed money. Forget the crime, don’t judge them to hardly–or at all—and blame the victim and community.

      Of course this is the old “I’m O.K., Your O.K.” and anything goes. Evanston the home of the all forgiving liberal—until they are the victim.

    3. Not just another fight and the judgment involved

      There are plenty of fights at ETHS where detention and suspensions are the only result. This one must have been very different in intensity.

      Perhaps it was the involvement of a student who was known to have brought a stun gun to the school before.  Or I suppose we need to have a ready excuse for her toting a stun gun to school yet again.  I am certain that she was told directly not to do it again.  Perhaps she could consider someone other than herself and follow the rules?

      Those trying to keep order at ETHS have a hard job and they do it pretty well.  When they feel that the cops need to be involved, I will trust that they know what is going on better than anyone who is not doing that job, walking those halls five days a week.  

      Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Come to school with a stun gun and get caught then get into another fight later. Result: the safety staff is going to notice and take the appropriate steps.  Glad that they did.

      1. truth and consequences…..
        I like that…play stupid games, win stupid prizes! Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time…..for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction….do unto others, etc…….WHO is raising (or NOT raising, I should say)…all these clueless kids….and ALL criminals, for that matter. LOTS of gray matter missing from parents and kids today. Nobody seems to think about their consciences, payback, etc… What a shame! NO policemen needed when I went to ETHS…..ever! Hurting other people would never even cross anyone’s mind…and everyone got along! AND parents acted like parents……yikes! I wouldn’t want to be a kid today, because even the good ones get targeted and sucked in to the bad junk! I would opt to be home schooled, for sure!

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