A Washington Park High School student is facing disorderly conduct charges after police say he punched another student without provocation.

Derek Cartee, 17, was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, a teacher at Park reported to police that she received information about a student of hers being assaulted Oct. 22 while walking home from school. The teacher said they were worried about bullying and the situation escalating.

Police say they made contact with the boy, and he said he was walking home from school when Cartee approached him and punched him in the face. The boy said he didn’t know Cartee and doesn’t have any issues with the defendant. After fighting Cartee off, the boy said he went home, and he was afraid of retaliation so he didn’t tell anyone. He also told officers he was uncomfortable being in school after the fight.

Cartee was called down to the office, and he admitted that he didn’t know the boy he hit, just that he “didn’t like him,” the complaint reads. Cartee was not suspended because the incident happened off school grounds, but police placed him under arrest for disorderly conduct because they felt the situation was deemed a bullying issue.

Cartee remains in the Racine County Jail on a $200 cash bond and will next be in court Dec. 3 for a pre-trial conference.

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