After School Fight Sends Palatine Teen to Hospital

15-year-old Palatine boy was hit in the head with a large wooden stick during an after school fight and had to be transported to the hospital Monday, police said.

During an after school fight, a 15-year-old Palatine boy was beaten with a large wooden stick near Palatine High School Monday, police said.

Palatine Police Officers responded to a “fight in progress” call around 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1. The 911 caller reported a boy had been hit in the head with a two-by-four on the 1100 block of E. Cunningham Drive.

“Somebody said they heard an argument, so we called police,” said nearby resident, Anna Corenjo. “These kids just beat each other up,” Corenjo said, “They use whatever they can find to beat each other.”

Officers at the scene said the 15-year-old was hit in the head with a “sizable piece of wood” but not a two-by-four. The boy was transported to Northwest Community Hospital with a head wound. The boy’s injuries were not life threatening, police said.

Palatine Police Cmdr. Kurt Schroeder said the 15-year-old was walking with a group of friends when four to six males confronted the boy. One of those males was carrying a piece of wood and when an argument started, Schroeder said that male subject hit the 15-year-old in the head with the wooden stick.

“There was a fight between a couple of groups rival gangs,” Corenjo said, “We’ve has several incidents like this out here.”

According to Cmdr. Schroeder, several juveniles ranging in age from 14-18 years old were involved in the fight.  Schroeder said there was no indication the fight was gang related or that the alleged victim and suspect even knew one another.  

Broken in half by the boy’s head, police recovered pieces of wood stick near the intersection of E. Cunningham and N. Williams Drive but officers were unable to locate the suspect. According to police, the suspect, a black male in his teens was wearing a black t-shirt, green shorts, white tennis shoes and a black baseball cap when he fled north on Williams Drive.  

No arrests have been made but police continue to investigate the after school fight that occurred near Palatine High School Monday. Schroeder said did not know if administrators as PHS were aware of the fight but police patrols have been increased in that area.

The fight took place less than a quarter of a mile from where  Despite rumors circulating around the neighborhood, Cmdr. Schroeder said there is no connection between the bombs and the fight.

MJE October 04, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Thanks to the neighbors who called police. We can't let this kind of behavior take over a quiet family neighborhood.
Palman October 04, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I agree, let it happen in other neighborhoods according to you.
Craig Apelbaum October 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Let them kill each other. That's all youth are good for.
L October 04, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I agree with MJE. It shouldn't happen in any neighborhood, and it's good that police have stepped up surveillance. Gangs belong neither here in Palatine nor anywhere...period.
L October 04, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Here's an idea, with so much violence in the area east of PHS, it would make sense for residents to organize and mobilize not only in protest to it but moreso to establish a WATCH for the neighborhood. It can work in the city; it can work here. Just do it.
Shawn October 04, 2012 at 04:51 PM
EASY there no need to scuttle the ship because shes leaking
Shawn October 04, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Palatine should take the North Rand road TIFF money and build a wall
Dark Knight October 04, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Dark Knight October 04, 2012 at 07:06 PM
It was some kids that got into a fight... The people interviewed are ridiculous... Not to mention some poor grammar! “There was a fight between a couple of groups rival gangs,” Corenjo said, “We’ve has several incidents like this out here.” Two statements, two exaggerated realities, police even said it wasn't gang related. As a resident living near this location, I would argue this is probably the first fight in the area in some time. Not to mention, this same interviewee can't even properly identify a 2x4. Literally every statement made by the Anna Corenjo was false or an exaggeration according to the police. Sensationalism at its finest. Reality is there are fights further North, where Williams intersects with Rand, but these were some stupid school kids. The violence near Rand rd stems from lower income residents crowded into tighter spaces. When you don't have much money, you don't travel very far typically, and your entire life becomes isolated to one small area. Over time, feuds develop and those incidents like the kid that got stabbed over the TV or the fight over the Dog's price reported a few weeks ago become reality. You think building a wall would help? The first thing those who are being kept out will do is want to get on the other side. Back in the day, kids fought all the time and it didn't make the local news.
upton October 04, 2012 at 07:13 PM
@ Dark Knight-- WOW! Great post! You are absolutely right. When I was in HS in the early 80's there were more fights in my opinion. In fact far more, and I grew up in the NW burbs. The big difference is now due to the internet we all hear about them.
L October 04, 2012 at 07:25 PM
...more than fist fights?
MJE October 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Several neighborhood groups already have organized Neighborhood Watch programs.
upton October 04, 2012 at 09:35 PM
No just fist fights. I don't remember anyone getting hit with a stick though.
Fishman October 04, 2012 at 11:00 PM
We need to raze all the section 8 homes and send them back to Chicago where this is tolerated. Then they can kill each other off in peace. Plus we'll have a great area for new development where people contribute to society! Yay!
Palman October 05, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Unfortunately the "thug mentality" is coming from Chicago with more HUD and Section 8 housing in Palatine. Look at the Palatine Opportunity Center on Rand Road across from McDonalds, it's a Cook County satellite office for free services. Come on, the majority on Link Cards (food stamps) go there not because of lack getting jobs, but because it is the OPPORTUNITY CENTER to further obtain free services and advice how to get rental vouchers and the such. Because that type of populus does not have good parenting abilities, their siblings now bash heads with sticks and stay out late selling and taking drugs. So, if MJE thinks it was good to call police to stop this violence in that good neighbor hood of theirs, then you are a real bigot, because you want it to occur elsewhere according to your post.
Bucephalus October 05, 2012 at 03:04 PM
MJE October 05, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Where are you getting bigot out of my statement? Violence shouldn't occur anywhere, and I did not say or suggest that it is acceptable in any neighborhood. My point is that my neighborhood, which has a mixture of races, is a family neighborhood. Violence is not welcome.
MJE October 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
@Palman, I am describing my neighborhood as a quiet, family neighborhood. I am not implying that violence should happen in any neighborhood.
Roman G. Golash October 11, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Chicago gangs are here in Palatine. If you remember, a similiar situation developed at a Chicago high school, where kids used large pieces of wood to smash heads. We are unable to stop this violence, we do not have the will to stop it, such is "social justice." A vote for Obama will only escalate this type of criminal behavior.


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