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H-F Students Believed Culprits in Last Friday's Attack

A statement from Homewood-Flossmoor High School says they are close to naming the attackers.

H-F students are believed to be responsible after , according to a statement from Director of Human Resources and Public Relations Jodi Bryant. 

This is the first verified update we’ve received on the group of men who jumped the students “without provocation” on a side street near the intersection of Governors Highway and Flossmoor Road. Bryant says the high school has been working with and they are close to naming all of the attackers.

An official statement from Superintendent Von Mansfield and Principal Ryan Pitcock on Tuesday said although the incident was off-campus, the high school still feels responsible for the safety of their students. In response, high school security will be extended to the edge of campus and they will maintain partnership with the , according to the statement.

“Ninety-nine percent of our students comply with the rules,” the statement added. “Students not complying with the rules will not have a future at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.” 

We will post additional updates as more information becomes available.

J.J. September 01, 2011 at 12:33 AM
This is quickly becoming a race issue, but people are missing the point. It is not about black vs. whites...H-F has been a diverse community for years, and the majority of African Americans who call this area home don't want it to turn any more "ghetto" then the caucasian community. The problem here is the "gang bangers", not your neighbor. If the community cracks down on out of district kids and violence in the community then everyone will benefit.
eblade September 01, 2011 at 01:05 AM
You're right, Bubbles. Roseland was just an imaginary place that I saw through my rose colored glasses. I was just about to tell my family what we experienced was all make-believe. Now the items that were stolen from our house and my sisters purse will reappear. My dad will be relieved to know he was never really held up at gunpoint. I am sorry for my misguided delivery of lies. I am so happy that reverse racism and discrimination doesn't really exist. Thank you for helping me realize how misguided I was to experience these chain of events.
J.J. September 01, 2011 at 01:20 AM
So I can't take an active interest in my community because I'm, "19 years old"...thats age discrimination. As I have stated a number of times, I have many friends who still go to H-F and I worry about their safety and there is nothing wrong with that. This is my first week of classes, which is generally just going over syllabi and really has no work involved with it. Today I only have one class, so of course I'm going to come on here and exercise my 1st amendment right about my "hometown", the place I have lived my whole life and will be returning to during breaks from college.
Tom September 01, 2011 at 01:58 AM
It's never been my experience that a person's age bore any correlation to the wisdom of what they have to say. Maybe one thing we don't need is for people telling each other to stop talking...?
mr lahey September 01, 2011 at 02:00 AM
the media...the schools...the parents...the community none will speak the truth
Tom September 01, 2011 at 03:27 AM
Of course, their purpose was to not get shot or hanged by the British during an 18th century revolution...not exactly a comparable case..? Joseph Vissarionovich Djugashvili had a pretty snappy pseudonym, too, now that I think of it....
eblade September 01, 2011 at 11:28 AM
And what is the truth, mr lahey?
SouthSide September 01, 2011 at 02:35 PM
I don't see "Betsy" on this forum. (I'm referring to the post by "Scott.") Were that person's posts removed? Incidentally, I saw a Homewood police officer on a bike patrolling the Willow School neighborhood this morning. I suspect this officer was on the look-out for Chicago and other nonresident vehicle stickers. Kudos to Homewood Police Department!
reel1 September 01, 2011 at 02:36 PM
This is so sad. HF community needs to enforce zero tolerance to send the right message to all. Attackers need to be identified and pay consequences including their parents/guardians. Victims and their families need community support.
Juvenal September 01, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Publius wrote the Federalist essays many years after after the Revolutionary War was won, and I don't think there were any pro-confederation forces seeking to hang Constitutionalists.
Juvenal September 01, 2011 at 03:22 PM
I have a suggestion . Persons, especially those who do publish their full names, should not be personally attacked for expressing their opinions and beliefs. Challenge the beliefs, counter the facts, but do not ridicule someone else. Ad hominem attacks will shut down a robust dialogue very quickly, and I think everyone agrees a lot of these issues need a lot more airing and discussion.
alex32 September 01, 2011 at 05:14 PM
I am a former black student at HF and now a current homeowner. The racial aspect of this is being totally overblown. The overwhelming majority of white students who are beaten up, harrased, and bullied are victimized by other white students at HF. It's no bigger a problem for white students than any other top rated high school. The academic environment for the black student body is being much more affected by this. Black students who do not get the proper reinforcement at home and come to school to act a fool and victimize other students (mostly other blacks) needs to be dealt with in a serious way. The environment of physical aggression, acting out, and disrespecting other students occurs to black students by far more often. Mostly by other black students. The black students who appear to come from good homes by the way they act, talk, look, dress, and socialize are usually the victims. Unfortunately some come to school not to learn but to act like fools and be entertaining. HF as most schools tolerates this among the black student body as being typical black culture, so long as no incidents like this occur where heaven forbid white students are injured. I think it's absurd that we make this a black against white issue. Instead of looking at ways to change acceptance of this sort of behavior among the angry and disruptive black students who do not get proper reinforcement from there parents at home. Then come to school and totally act out.
Juvenal September 01, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Overblown? You may or may not be correct that black on black violence is condoned/underreported/ignored at HF, I have no idea. But -- If a group of white boys had attacked blacks without provocation (especially where, as here, there are at least rumors of specific racial animus), the streets would be filled with news trucks from CNN, MSNBC Fox and every other Network, and the President and Governor would have already given public comment about it.
jennifer September 01, 2011 at 06:44 PM
I'm sorry, I must have missed something. Is there evidence that the attackers were African American and from a low income household? If not, then it seems to me that there are some pretty scary assumptions being made!
R W September 01, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Did any of you attend the Principal's meeting at HF last night? I saw a patch reporter there and I am waiting for an updated story. Dr. Pitcock did confirm this was an unprovoked racially motivated attack. All the attackers were black and the victims white. They know who the culprits are and they are in fact all HF students. They will be punished with expulsion if he has his way about it. A mother of a black student (not involved in the attack) alerted the school of facebook postings bragging of the "beating up of the white kids". She was not ok with that, talked to her daughter and turned the evidence over to the school. I am relieved the administration is being honest about the issue and not sweeping it under the rug. It is a real problem and they assured the parents there will be zero tolerance for these types of attacks.
scott Intravia September 01, 2011 at 07:07 PM
What a great subject. Love the comments. Pretty sad story. I personally can't wait to see the details and actions taken. If it were one of my children and it was unprovoked random act of violence which seems to be the new wave across the country oh and GB, I would want retribution. It's different if it's a quarrel but I believe this is just the beginning unfortunately. I don't see everyone getting together on Irwin park singing kumbaya. This community is facing the same problems nationally. Fear, desperation, lack of guidance, uncertainty and disappointment. Lending to anger, frustration and irrational behavior. Get used to it and be vigilant. Watch your back and do the best you can without expecting change. Then again this is all Bush's fault I am sure :). Prediction "PAIN" said mr t...
alex32 September 01, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Fights between white students and black students are not nearly as common as black vs black, or white vs white.. And lets not forget, there are plenty of white trouble makers who constantly get into fights at HF also. This isn't a CNN news story because the student racial tension is not high at HF. Just as when I attended, HF has a very high percentage of black and white students who hang out and socialize outside of school together. Much higher than most high schools with mixed demographics. Primarily because there is also relative income and class parity among the white and black students at HF. Lets not forget that the black middle class makes up over 50 percent of flossmoor's entire population these days. And many of the blacks living in flossmoor are a lot wealthier than middle class.Unlike most other diverse school districts were most of the black students live in the apartments on the bad side of town. Which is why you see more socializing outside of school, hanging out, and interracial dating among the races at HF. Definitely not a racially charged powder keg ready to explode.
R W September 01, 2011 at 07:54 PM
What scares me is the unprovoked violence. With these attackers we are seeing kids totally devoid of a conscience and completely lacking compassion. White, black, whatever. It scares me as a mother to think my children may be attacked for no other reason than the color of their skin. My oldest is at HF and two more are in SD 153. All of my kids have black friends and have never had any issues all the years they have attended school here. Our family has many friends in SD 161 (black and white) and I have not heard of anything on the scale of what happened last Friday. I do believe this culprits to be out of district residency violators with gang affiliation. I hope the administration pursues these violators with determined diligence.
Juvenal September 01, 2011 at 08:01 PM
This was not a "fight." A fight is between one or more kids who begin with an argument or dispute of some sort as between another kid or group of kids. It seems school officials have confirmed that this was an unprovoked attack. HUGE difference...
alex32 September 01, 2011 at 10:55 PM
Wow, and it appears that Fox news covered this story today and reported on it. I have not heard all of the facts yet but the report from fox news did not even mention a racial motivation or exactly what sort of violence took place. Was anything stolen? Are we sure this was racially motivated? And were the students in fact beaten up? I mean the reports so far have been vague about what sort of violence actually took place. It says a girl was taken to the hospital but not why. She could have gone because she was beaten up or possibly because she spraned her leg from being scarred by the incident and tripping while running. We have to wait for all of the answers here. I am not 100 percent convinced that all of the facts are out yet and have been presented accurately. Particularly what where the injuries. Was it black eyes, bloody noses, punched in the face type of brutal stuff. Or was it possibly unwanted and uninvited ruff housing. Chasing, tackling, wrestling, and that sort of thing. Not saying that would be appropriate. But if that does turn out to be the case then this whole thing is being very overblown. At this point I am not sure. I think if there were real injuries that were sustained, this would have been reported by now. I just think this sounds like a racially charged story that people may have been too quick to jump to judgement. Because I have yet to get a clear answer of what exactly took place.
R W September 02, 2011 at 12:01 AM
A boy was taken to the hospital, not a girl. He had quite a few stitches on his face. A total of four sustained injuries in the attack. The administration admits it was racially motivated (discussed at Principal's meeting last night). You would have had answers if you attended the meeting. Sorry it is not what you would like it to be - it really is the worse case scenario.
alex32 September 02, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Maybe the star newspaper has it wrong, but it clearly says a female went to the hospital, "One of the victims, a female, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and later released, Pulec said. The other three victims were treated at the scene, according to a letter the school sent home to parents." So there are conflicting stories to what is being posted on this board. And today's Fox News TV report had no mention about a racial incident. I think all of the facts have yet to come out.
Paulie September 02, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Alex a girl was treated in the er for a concussion ( a thing caused by blunt force trauma btw) In the context of an event with so many witnesses and so many people with first,second and third-hand versions of what happened the information is actually remarkably consistent. You are the one spreading disinformation. The fact that a 30 second blurb on the news doesn't hit the race angle doesn't mean much, especially given all those with a vested interest in downplaying that angle -- which is pretty much everyone. Racial divide in a school/community is not good for anyone, but let's not deny the obvious!
Flossmoor Family September 02, 2011 at 01:26 AM
I agree with Sue B “What I do find is that most of the comments are not attributed to real live humans-just initials and nicknames conducting an online conversation.” Ebalde and Juvnal in particular and others you really need to MAN/WOMAN-UP and get over it! Seriously, if you have an issue, put it out there with your name and especially your face on it, actually make a difference, talk is cheap, get off your a**’s. Attend village board or school meetings. Stop hiding in the internet trying to be experts on every issue. Where the hell are you going to run to anyway? The same thing is happening everywhere in this still great nation. Do you have a mortgage, if so, good luck or maybe you could skeez out for a short sale or foreclosure and ruin not only your credit but your dignity! There’s good and bad in every town, just as there is black and white. I intend to hunker down and stand my ground for what is right, in the proper forum and this is not it. HF is still a great area and life goes on, if you want run away, be our guest.
J.J. September 02, 2011 at 01:30 AM
The attack is the #1 story on Fox Chicago: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/
Zach September 02, 2011 at 01:32 AM
Im not sure where some of you are getting this information but as a student at HF, talking to some of the victims and... a) RACHEL, a girl, was sent to the hospital for a concussion. A few others got black eyes, etc. b) The attacking group was shouting white racial slurs at the victims, which while it does not prove it was racially motivated it does at the same time imply that. c) HF is a perfectly normal high school in America. YES, there is some racial tension. However, this really is more or less isolated. All of my friends (White and Black, and every ethnicity and income level in between), do not think this is acceptable behavior. It really does reflect what 99% of the school thinks. So if you can just find those 27-35 students in that 1%, then no issue.
alex32 September 02, 2011 at 01:55 AM
I am not denying anything. I am just going on the facts that have been presented. And up until now neither the statement released by the high school on Tuesday, the coverage by the southtown star today, nor the Fox news report has mentioned any racial incident. I am just pointing out that all of the facts have yet to come out. The southtown clearly said only one female was treated at the hospital for minor injuries and released that night. It does not say what those injuries were or what they were a result of. Only that they were minor. What exactly took place has yet to be fully disclosed nor have any criminal charges been filed by the police. It has been a week over a with no criminal charges, so just maybe people are jumping the gun on what actually took place. I am not totally convinced that this is what occurred. The news has been slow to come out. And the fox news report was like a dud that went off when they thought they were coming out to report on racial fireworks. No juicy meet in that reports at all. Just a camera pointing down a well manicured Flossmoor street. There have been a couple of incidents in the news lately about "flash mobs" or whatever. This may be what people are thinking about when blowing this incident up.News reporting makes these incidents appear to be common place.Almost no media attention went to a "mob" of young white teens who murdered a black man last month. Google news "James Anderson".
Homewood Jim September 02, 2011 at 02:53 AM
I hope the entire story comes out with all the facts, and that it is not "managed" to be politically correct. I think anyone who has read the entire string of comments has a pretty good idea what occurred; If it was black on white it is a hate crime, not merely assault. So expell them and then send them to prison, as you would for a white.
scott Intravia September 02, 2011 at 06:31 AM
Those who don't read the news are uninformed and those that do are misinformed. R , there are a lot of good ole boys who wish they could have been there to help. It also must be hard to identify as it was dark out. Your statement is the only fact and I hope they find the punks and they get what they deserve and not a little suspension. Sooner or later what's goes around comes around as I am sure there will be many that escape this round.
Mryan September 03, 2011 at 03:34 AM
I don't know the specifics of Friday and I'm sure that's for a possibly good reason. I'm a junior at H-F now, and maybe it's not the school it used to be, but random acts of violence happen at every school and this isn't just another point on the timeline of the school's downfall. I don't think it had anything to do with skin color or that they weren't residents. It was drunk high school kids. I hope they get what's coming to them and that the kids attacked are OK. But H-F doesn't have gang problems or a lot of drug issues and just because some black kids attacked white kids doesn't mean that it is a race war that will be the end of Homewood. Take it from people who go there that it's not as bad as people make it out to be. Didn't people say a while back how Homewood and Flossmoor were going down the drain because there were (gasp) people who weren't white coming in? And look what happened, H-F STAYED a good school and I still believe it's a good school. Test scores have gone up and it has the highest percentage of minority students that take AP tests, or something like that. Please don't let a few idiots get in the way of thinking it's becoming a ghetto school and this will be the end of life as we know it. H-F IS predominantly black. White students are not the majority but why does that fact have to equate to it going down as a school? I don't think so. This is only what i see from going there maybe I don't know the bigger issues at hand. Just my opinion.

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