(News Release from Rockford Public Schools)
Rockford Police arrested five Jefferson High School students this afternoon on charges including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer and aggravated battery of a probation officer.
The charges were the result of a disruption in the cafeteria involving a few dozen students engaged in name-calling, pushing and shoving. No one was injured in the disturbance, which occurred after 1 p.m. during the school’s latest lunch period.
Police determined the cause of the dispute to be gang-related. Jefferson Principal Dr. Kenneth Jackson issued automatic suspensions from school for the five students who police charged. The lengths of the suspensions have not been determined.
Classes continued uninterrupted and will take place as scheduled for Thursday, November 29.