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H-F Teens Tell Police They Were Attacked After Vikings Victory

While returning to their car after Friday night's football game, the group was attacked on Braemar Road. One victim went to the hospital.

A group of teen-agers returning to their car Friday night after were jumped on Braemar Road, according to police.

Officers patrolling the area near the high school were alerted to the incident on the 700 block of Braemar Road around 9:45 p.m. when they tried to disband a large group of students in the street moving towards Governors Highway, according to .

Police said one teen approached them and reported being “jumped” by an unknown group of men while walking back to the car with friends after the game.

Police saw that the victims were injured and called paramedics. One victim was taken to the hospital, but none of the injuries were serious, according to police. Their car was damaged as well, according to the report. 

“This was a totally unprovoked altercation,” Flossmoor Deputy Police Chief Mike Pulec said. “We are working closely with the high school and investigators are aggressively pursuing the case now.”

Several unverified reports of other post-game skirmishes have since come in. We will post updates on this story and others as more information becomes available.

C.S. August 31, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Thanks Teri - we're looking forward to when this can be put behind us. I'm confident that they will catch the remaining culprits and so far, the school has been wonderful to us. They have called me three times since the incident and are keeping me abreast on what's happening which is very appreciated so I have absolutely no complaints with the board or any school reps. There is alot of concern though about kids attending HF that are not in the district but in this case anyways, and until we know for sure who did it, we really don't know. For all we know, they could live down the street - we have to wait until more facts come out. As I learn more from the police and the school, I will continue to post updates but from what I understand from both, there are only two people of interest and still many kids to interview. Until things are proven and charges are ready to be filed, I won't devulge the names of the two people of interest. In this case too, we parents will not be filing charges as the Flossmoor Police Dept will be doing that on behalf of the city - once they do, they will turn the case over to the Sec of State for action.
C.S. August 31, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Correction - States Atty, not Sec of State :-)
Teri K Baldwin August 31, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Hi C.S. - please do keep the postings up. I will be able to check them while I am gone. Take care.
eblade August 31, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Talk, talk, talk, babble, babble, babble. If everyone would actually do something instead of writing and bitching, then something could be done. I have been getting on the Village of Flossmoor Board's ass about waking up and look what's going on for a while now. I could use some help. I think the mayor and board are only there to meet as a boys club, but they don't do anything to help the community or see that it is going downhill. Too many good residents are selling their houses at giveaway prices just to get out.
eblade August 31, 2011 at 04:01 PM
I am an HF grad and have been a Flossmoor resident for over 30 years. It is really time to take action with the village and the schools. We are the ones who vote in the people who actually can do something. Time to elect people who aren't only there for a title, but who actually give a damn. I can see similarities of what happened to Roseland in the 60's and it is the same pattern happening in Homewood and Flossmoor. When the police and policy makers refuse to enforce local ordinances, like they are doing now, that is when the problems begin.
eblade August 31, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Matt, if you knew what HF was like in the 70's and 80's, you would re-word your comment. You are right, the school and area aren't too bad yet, but definitely much worse than what taxpayers are willing to settle for. Someday you will pay property taxes if you are paying Flossmoor levels, you will understand more about what everyone is talking about.
eblade August 31, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Just take a look at the kids getting off the train in Flossmoor every morning. And getting back on after school.
LynnMc August 31, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Over the past 20 years, I have also seen a decline in the areas, however, nothing like Roseland. I don't understand the comments about the police and policy makers not enforcing local ordinances; please update. I have always found the FPD helpful and cooperative. In fact, my husband (Cook County law enforcement) has on several occasions assisted in keeping our streets safer. We as citizens must make them aware before we can expect them to do something.
Juvenal August 31, 2011 at 08:42 PM
Flossmoor Village Board Meeting is Sept 6. They let the citizens speak first....
SouthSide August 31, 2011 at 09:33 PM
I know teachers at H-F and they absolutely agree with Juvenal's statements: "The "Whatever Laura wants" Board is now the "Whatever Von Wants" Board. There is not a single independent thinker, a taxpayer advocate, or a person of courage on this Board." The problem is that Voters don't care enough to vote these Yes-Men off the Board.
J.J. August 31, 2011 at 10:57 PM
Hope your feeling better, that could have easily been me and my friends if we were still at H-F. Keep us updated, I have a feeling this is only the start of the story.
BlackHawks Fan August 31, 2011 at 11:16 PM
R ~ Yes, you and your friends were victimized by a horrible crime and I pray that you and your friends will get through this. You are right with your understanding that this will take some time to sort out and you are right when you say that that our police departments as well as administration will do the right thing. These thugs will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I actually know who you are and I have a daughter that goes to HF and believe me when I tell you I feel your pain as a parent and concerned citizen. Take care and may God be always with you.
eblade September 01, 2011 at 11:35 AM
J.J. - After reading your first paragraph, it is easy to see that you promote the idea of a community losing its values. Also, it is easy to see that you don't have children or pay property taxes. I think you may be happier living in Harvey or Markham.
Juvenal September 01, 2011 at 03:36 PM
Thanks R. Speaking for myself I feel that 9generally) government and school administrators are often slow to act unless the community puts their feet to the fire, and the sentiments on these boards help them gauge whether there is a sense of community outrage -- it's safe to assume that school and local officials are well aware of what is said in these forums. So perhaps school officials were already ahead of the community on this one, or perhaps they were only reacting -- it can't hurt to let them know where we all stand. Best to you, and I hope the trauma fades quickly for you and your friends.
Emmigenelouise September 01, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Bubbles, that "student" is an editor for the H-F school newspaper, and i was looking up information so I can write a story on this incident. This student also had a free period and wanted the people commenting on this post to know what is going on.
SouthSide September 01, 2011 at 08:43 PM
I heard last night that a student was hit by a car the other day, while the student was crossing Gov's Hwy at the school The car did not stop. The student is OK. No significant injuries. (It was daylight, by the way, and there were witnesses, and a police report was filed.)
Patrice Martin September 02, 2011 at 02:07 PM
I appreciate this discussion and, realize, that as I was walking with my elementary kids to school today (which I rarely do - but had the day off), that the high school bus stops were full of high schoolers (20 kids). I was surprised that there are so many teenagers in my neighborhood! Maybe there are very few stops, I'm not sure, but I have no problem with the enforcement of residency. It is not a matter of keeping certain racial/ethnic groups out of the school, it is a matter of making sure that our community is able to focus on and manage the education of our children. And although I am weary of talk of "outsiders" and "hoodlums", I definitely feel that someone who is a member of the community - has to live there - is going to be more invested in the community. I would be interested in a more in-depth article about what is being done about residency requirements and violations. Where the challenges are in enforcement and what other communities are doing to address this issue.
kayborst September 02, 2011 at 03:38 PM
J.J. I suspect you are not a student. How much time do you have on your hands while your away at school to follow the patch and comment constantly. I appreciate your comments, but maybe you should try and make some friends while your away at school. FYI, I am an alum and have kids that have graduated and currently attend HF.
The truth September 03, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Hf is not as bad as it seems. Things like this happen at a lot of schools and all the time.Things are being taken to the next level because.. NO one knows who really did anything and people are being wrongly accursed for actions they did not partake in, things should be taken as slow as possible and i feel as if you don't know who did what because there are other schools there that may have had something to do with what was going on. Everybody is a victim. HF should think more highly of there students to know how to behave at a community event. The situation seems to accrue as a racial issue because several African american boys who attend HF high school have been suspended and possibly up for expulsion, because HF was told that they "brutally" attacked a Caucasian female who isn't 100% sure , who attacked her. I think HF shouldn't have suspended any of the boys based off of what people brought to the office. Hf should have waited to post any articles or send home letters. The situation should be further investigated. Hf needs to reconsider posting articles and sending home letters about what happen because its giving Hf a bad name and sooner or later the student population will decrease.
eblade September 04, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Dear "The truth" - Actually, the student population has decreased in recent years. And there has not been any student wrongly accused. Maybe you should think twice about defending the honor of boys who beat a girl so badly that she had to be taken to the hospital. What kind of men will these boys become if they are already beating up women. We should be so lucky that this wasn't a group of white boys beating up black children. Jesse Jackson would have had camera crews and reporters from CNN in Flossmoor immediately. I am half African-American, a real one whose father came from Cameroon and my mother from England) and I am really getting upset and embaressed that so many African-Americans need to protect the bad seeds because they are black. When we are all proud of doing the right things, playing by the rules and not having an entitlement attitude, then we truly will be accepted in any neighborhood. Rise above the past. Dr. King gave us so many great instructions to follow, but so few of us listened. DO THE RIGHT THINGS AND GET AHEAD. Leave the "hood" mentality behind.
A W Curtis September 05, 2011 at 04:35 PM
What I find interesting is that no one is mentioning the student section at the game that night and how rowdy certain students were. Perhaps what happened after the game was motivated by the behavior I (and several other parents) witnessed at the game. Students throwing items (cups, coins) at other students seated below them and yelling/chanting as a group unintelligible phrases... all while wearing the school colors of red and white. One parent was hit with the items and the "security" person never addressed it. The parent moved, but before the game ended I approached the parent and we discussed the rowdy behavior and sending emails about it to school officials that night. Sadly, regretfully, I did not. Perhaps some of the comments stated here would not exist if I had done so. Is it REMOTELY POSSIBLE that what happened after the game was a direct result of incidents that transpired during the game? I feel badly for all of the students. Many are being involved, possibly the accusers, definitely some of the accused, simply by their presence -wrong place, wrong time. It would be great if the ones that were throwing things would come forward and admit that their behavior had something to do with creating this problem. Getting beaten is unacceptable. Getting falsely accused is equally unacceptable. Creating truth out of rumor is unconscionable. Shame on our community for falling into the trap of blame based upon ignorance/lack of knowledge.All guilty parties come forward. PEACE!
A W Curtis September 05, 2011 at 05:11 PM
I hope that you heal soon, both physically and emotionally.You have suffered an unjustice that no one deserves. I do not understand nor accept the behavior that was inflicted upon you. I am sorry that you were not able to accept help that night from innocent passerby because of the actions of others, but can understand your hesitancy given what occurred. Sadly, some of those that tried to help you are now under scrutiny. I hope that you continue to work with the police to work toward finding the guilty parties that assaulted you.
A W Curtis September 05, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Please don't think that I am saying that the victims of the beatings were the ones throwing items. I am saying that perhaps actions and comments during the game by one group of students may have had something to do with the actions that resulted after the game and that innocent people - on both sides - became victims.
EK September 13, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Suggesting that because the students parked on Braemar rd (FYI- parking in the lots is an absolute zoo during games and its not uncommon for them to fill up completely, leaving game attendees NO CHOICE but to park on side streets) that they were "asking" to be assaulted is completely repugnant. Just because HF isn't a "secure little hamlet" anymore doesn't mean everyone should say "oh well, shit happens, gotta deal with it" and give up on improving community safety.
sarah vance September 22, 2011 at 03:23 PM
I am thinking about sending my daughter to HF because of the art and music programs... should I think twice. We are moving to Homewood or Flossmoor for that purpose. Any advice? Are there any Fine Art Magnet school's in the area instead?
Lilly Melin September 22, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Has anyone heard what happened in the aftermath? Are the students who were attacked ok now?
Jan Pais September 22, 2011 at 04:48 PM
I heard the students have been expelled.
Mary September 22, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Sarah, I had four kids go to HF, the oldest graduated in 2001 and the youngest in 2009. They were able to take advantage of HF's fantastic art and theater programs. Many of their friends were in choir and band. I can't speak to the HF experience today, but my kids got a great education there and really benefitted from the arts programs.
sarah vance September 24, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Thank you for the advice Mary... I just want my daughter to be safe, however I am not giving up on HF just yet....
Jay Young June 25, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I go to HF and this was an isolated incident by teens. There isn't any racial tension at HF and it still is the top school in the south suburban area.

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