RIVERSIDE – Police recently announced the arrest of a Riverside Brookfield High School student who was found to be carrying a knife in her backpack Sept. 4.
Police were called to the school to investigate the incident. When they arrived, they found the female student, age 14, had a black eye and self-inflicted gang symbols on her body. When police asked how she got the black eye, they were told it was sustained during a basketball game. The knife was recovered from the student’s backpack and she was transported to the police station.
In custody, and with parents at the station, police interviewed the girl. According to police, She told them that the knife was for her protection. She told officers she was jumped early in the morning Sept. 2 in the rear of her home in North Riverside. She said she did not report the attack and did not know who her attackers were and that she couldn’t identify them.
When questioned about the gang tattoos on her body, she told police she is not affiliated with a street gang and the symbols were for her friend. She said she was supporting her friend for his affiliation with gangs.
The girl was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of disorderly conduct. Both charges were enhanced to felonies due to the crimes taking place on school property.