Students awaiting Rihanna’s delayed arrival at Barrington school

A crowd of more than 2,000 packed a gymnasium at Barrington High School Friday afternoon to await the arrival of Rihanna, who has so far been delayed.

First scheduled to arrive at 1 p.m., the singing star later was to arrive at 3 p.m. As 3 o’clock passed with still no sign of Rihanna, the crowd continued to show their patience.

At 3:56 p.m. Friday, Rihanna tweeted:

About a half hour later, Rihanna tweeted about being stuck in traffic.

The reason for the pop star’s visit? Students produced a video to highlight the school’s charity work, entered it into a content and won the prize of Rihanna coming to visit with the students and answer questions.

Recently, a spokesman for Barrington School District said the school received a few emails and remarks about the singer’s personal life, including her relationship with Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna in 2009.

But they said the criticism was nothing that would keep the even from going on.

Officials have said that the singer wanted the focus to be less on her and more on the students’ charity work.

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

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