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Five students arrested at Barrington High during two-week span

Updated: January 1, 2014 6:07AM

Police arrested five Barrington High School students at the school during a two-week span in mid-November, but District 220 officials say the incidents were unrelated and not evidence of a larger trend.

The charges included public fighting, disorderly conduct, theft and criminal damage to public property.

“It was a few more episodes than [we] would like to see, but none of them were significant,” said Jeff Arnett, chief communications officer for the school district. “It was just a series of students making poor decisions.”

On Nov. 18, Michael H. Clarke, 18, of 21960 N. Harbor Road, Barrington, and a 17-year-old classmate from Barrington were arrested and charged with public fighting after an altercation in a school hallway.

“Both individuals were throwing punches at each other,” said Dave Dorn, Barrington’s acting police chief.

The next day, a 17-year-old male student from Barrington was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

“It was an individual under the influence of cannabis at the high school,” Dorn said.

The student was removed from class and taken to the dean’s office, said Dorn, explaining that the local ordinance for disorderly conduct applies to those under the influence of drugs in a public place.

A 14-year-old male student from Carpentersville was arrested Nov. 21 and charged with criminal damage to public property after he allegedly attempted to set a paper towel dispenser on fire, Arnett said.

The first incident occurred Nov. 7, when a 17-year-old female student was charged with theft for allegedly stealing a cell phone at the high school. She was given an adjudication hearing date of Dec. 19.

The other students were given a court date of Dec. 19 in Cook County.

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