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Student Charged With Hate Crime, Aggravated Battery in Fight at Middle School

A fight that broke out between two students at Hannah Beardsley Middle School in Crystal Lake Monday has lead to felony juvenile charges against one child who police said fractured the other child's clavicles and made a "verbal reference to the victim’s national origin." 

The child has been charged with aggravated battery and hate crime—both felony offenses.  The child was taken to the Kane County Juvenile Detention Facility pending a court hearing at a later date. 

Police were called to Hannah Beardsley Middle School, 515 E. Crystal Lake Ave. in Crystal Lake, at 12:20 p.m. on Monday regarding the fight. Police learned the fight was isolated to the two students. 

Police said one student tackled the other student and repeatedly struck the other child with their hands "seemingly without provocation," according to the news release. No weapons were involved.

Police learned on Tuesday the suspect in the case made the verbal reference regarding the victim's national origin just before the fight and confirmed the victim suffered fractured clavicles from the fight. At that time, an original charge of battery was then upgraded to felony charges of aggravated battery and hate crime, according to the news release. 

The names of both the victim student and accused offender are not being released because they are both minors. 

Garromond Font February 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM
A great story with absolutely no information in it. Keep up the great work.
babs February 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM
little info will be released due to the fact that both are minors
Jay Bourke February 21, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Tough to render a judgment w/o all the facts. That being said, I'm troubled when we are so quick to call police, charge felony aggravated battery and hate crime against a middle school age child. What happened to the "good old days" when the Principal called the offender's parents to school for a "come to Jesus" session. (Op.p.s probably politically incorrect..should have said a "come to a higher spiritual authority meeting"). The only thing missing here was a truck load of S.W.A.T. personnel and a team of grief counselors!

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