2 Students, 2 Adults Charged After Fight at Chicago High School


Four people were arrested after a fight at East Aurora High School that injured an Aurora Police Department school resource officer and a dean.

The officer and dean had been trying to deal with two female students who were not complying with school rules at dismissal time Friday and were “impeding the flow of people leaving the school,” said Aurora Police Lt. Jeff Wiencek.

The officer left briefly to attend to another issue, but was summoned back to the area of the altercation, according to a statement from the police department.

While the officer was gone, one of the students intentionally struck the dean with a school door, according to police. The staff member wanted to press charges.

The officer gave verbal orders to the student, who did not comply and struggled with the officer, who held her in place and called for assistance, according to police.

In the meantime, Lester Swafford, 52, and Claudette Fleming, 48, both of the 1200 block of Summit Avenue, forced their way into the school past staff members, Wiencek said.

Swafford entered the school, interfered in the arrest and “battered” the officer, according to the news release. During the struggle, the officer and Swafford fell to the ground, according to police.

The students involved in the initial dispute then began to punch and kick the officer in the head as he was struggling with Swafford on the ground, Wiencek said.

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Source: Chicago Tribune | Hannah Leone