LAKE STATION — Two teenagers have been charged in an attack that sent a 14-year-old student to the hospital Friday night after a high school football game.
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with intimidation and aggravated battery resulting in bodily injury, according to Lake Station Police Chief Dave Johnson. A 13-year-old boy was charged with battery and intimidation, Johnson said.
Both are accused of attacking a boy that a GoFundMe campaign identified as a 14-year-old wrestler who worked on the student newspaper for River Forest High School in New Chicago.
The attack occurred at Edison High School where Lake Station squared off in football against rival River Forest.
Johnson said neither suspect was playing football that night. He also said he is not sure if either teen is on the football teams.
Officers were dispatched to the high school at 3304 Parkside Ave. in reference to a fight Friday night after New Chicago officers working security at the football game requested assistance.
"At the time the incident occurred one of the suspects fled the area and (the) male juvenile was found in need of medical attention," Johnson said.
At the time of the incident, there were conflicting statements that officers were trying to corroborate, Johnson said. Officers investigated by interviewing witnesses, and reviewing videos related to the incident, he added.
A cellphone video widely circulated on the internet showed two teens punching and kicking other teens.
Tarra Maksimik, who said she's a family friend who baby-sat the victim, said his family does not have insurance.
Her GoFundMe campaign for his medical bills raised $1,750 from 64 donors as of Tuesday night, while aiming to raise $10,000 in donations.
"(He) is home recovering but suffers broken bones and is currently taking medication to prevent further seizures," Maksimik said Tuesday night. "It's really a tragic thing that has happened."
The fundraising campaign can be found online at gofundme.com/medical-expenses-frankie.