Six students were arrested after what school officials called a “disturbing” fight that broke out Thursday afternoon at Warren Township High School O’Plaine Campus in Gurnee.
A Gurnee police school resource officer reported a fight in progress shortly after dismissal around 3:15 p.m. Thursday at Warren Township High School O’Plaine Campus, 500 North O’Plaine Road in Gurnee.
The officer, school administrators and security immediately responded and attempted to stop the fight, Gurnee Police Department Public Information Officer Shawn Gaylor said.
School officials said the fight occurred outside of the building on school grounds and called it “disturbing.”
Lake County sheriff’s deputies also responded and assisted Gurnee police with restoring order and ensuring students not involved were able to go home safely.
A video posted on social media showed around a dozen police vehicles lined up on O’Plaine Road as school buses left to take students home.
Gaylor said six students were arrested, but school officials said seven were arrested.
No injuries were reported by those involved in the fight, Gaylor added, despite social media rumors that a student may have been stabbed.
“At this point in our investigation, we have no evidence that there were any weapons on campus yesterday or that any students involved in the fight had a weapon,” school officials said in a letter to families.
“Students need to be aware that schools and law enforcement agencies are taking these situations very seriously and are pursuing prosecution,” officials added.
School administration discussed the incident with students at the start of Friday’s school day.
They were encouraged to report suspicious activity, threats or disturbing information to a trusted adult.
“We are grateful to the school officials and local law enforcement who worked immediately to contain the situation as much as possible,” school officials said.
The Gurnee Police Department continues to investigate the incident. It is unclear if any criminal charges have been filed yet.