A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:
On Monday, February 10th Police Officers were summoned to Hannah Beardsley Middle School; 515 East Crystal Lake Avenue for a report of a physical altercation between two students*.
Upon initial investigation it was determined that the incident was isolated to two students as reported, one of which whom had tackled and repeatedly struck the other with their hands, seemingly without provocation.
No weapons were involved.
The student attacked was transported by Crystal Lake Fire Rescue ambulance to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment.
The aggressor in this matter was arrested and transported to police headquarters for processing, charged with battery. That student was subsequently released to the custody of their parents.
On Tuesday, February 11th in conjunction with Crystal Lake School District 47, the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and McHenry County Juvenile Court Services.
The injuries the victim student sustained were confirmed to consist of fractured clavicles.
Further, the incident involved the offender making verbal reference to the victim’s national origin just prior to the attack.
These additional findings resulted in the authorization of enhanced charges of Aggravated Battery 720 ILCS 5/12-3.05 and Hate Crime 720 ILCS 5/12-7.1 (both Class 3 Felony offenses).
The offender in this incident surrendered himself to Crystal Lake Police, and was transferred to the Kane County Juvenile Detention Facility pending a court hearing at a later date.
This case is to be adjudicated in Juvenile Court.
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* The names of both the victim student and accused offender are withheld due to their ages.