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. 

Theo February 12, 2014 at 07:57 PM
Bravo to the victim and school for calling in the authorities! Same thing happened to my 13 yr old son last May, and the girl who attacked him didn't take things seriously until I threatened to bring in the police and have her arrested for battery. THIS is how you stand up to a bully and send a message people!
Jennifer Peirce Wickersty February 13, 2014 at 08:26 AM
As I understand it the innocent child was from India. From my own experience the most peace loving people I have ever met.


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