Two Barrington High School girls charged with unlawful use of a weapon.
Two Barrington High School girls, 16 and 15, were charged with unlawful use of a weapon on Jan. 16, at the high school, according to Barrington police reports. The girls sprayed pepper spray in the hallway, said Barrington Assistant Police Chief Dave Dorn. “When pepper spray is sprayed, it stays in the air and people can have trouble breathing,” Dorn said. He said the incident happened in a heavily traveled hallway. A Barrington High School staff member complained that there was an odor in the hall and some students were coughing as they passed through, he said. The students were released and have a Cook County court date of Feb. 21.
School officials say the incident was accidental and no injuries were reported.
A Barrington High School student disrupted Wednesday's dismissal with an accidental release of pepper spray school officials said. The incident occurred in the East Wing of the high school campus, near the Social Studies and Fine Arts departments and in the area of the front lobby. According to District 220 Chief Communications Officer Jeff Arnett , no injuries or health issues beyond mild coughing were reported as a result of the incident. "No students requested to see the school nurse and no one was transported to the hospital or required medical attention. It appears this was not an intentional act but rather an unfortunate mishap that could have been avoided. The effects of the pepper spray are no longer evident and the high school …