Seven juvenile female students from Wheaton North High School are facing mob action charges following a premeditated brawl that erupted at the high school the morning of Feb. 25.
In addition, three of the girls are facing one count of unlawful use of a weapon, and one is facing one count of aggravated battery of a teacher, authorities said.
Each of the girls appeared at a Feb. 26 detention hearing where DuPage County Judge Anthony Coco released each of the them to the custody of their parents. Coco also ordered that each girl be fitted with a GPS monitoring device.
All of the girls were in a hallway near the cafeteria at about 7 a.m. when the fight broke out, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.
One of the girls had allegedly armed herself with a pocketknife while two of the girls had armed themselves with items that could be used as a weapon including a sock filled with batteries and a sock containing a can of green beans, according to the release.
Authorities at the school attempted to break up the fight and were joined by police officers from the Wheaton, Glen Ellyn and Carol Stream police departments as well as DuPage County Sheriff’s deputies, the release stated.
“The alleged actions against the students in this incident will absolutely not be tolerated,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “School safety continues to be a top priority of my administration, and any incident that disrupts school safety or the ability of teachers to teach and student to learn will be met with serious consequences."
“The Wheaton police department shares the state’s attorney’s commitment to school safety,” Wheaton Chief of Police Bill Murphy said in the release. “With much appreciated help from the Glen Ellyn and Carol Stream police departments, as well as the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, we were able to get a tense situation under control and restore a feeling of safety and security that a school provides for students and teachers alike.
"I also acknowledge the swift actions of Wheaton North High School teachers and administrative staff for their quick and decisive actions in securing the school and assisting with the investigation.”