Fenger Coach Charged in Attack of Teen

Cassius Chambers, 28, turned himself in to officers four days after the Oct. 1 incident that left a teen, Darion Jones, with a tooth knocked out and a damaged prosthetic eye

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    Oct. 4, 2011: Darion Jones said he lost a prosthetic eye and a tooth in the Saturday afternoon attack. He said the teens who beat him were driven to his home by a pair of high school coaches.

    One of two Fenger High School coaches reportedly sidelined amid allegations they played a part in a teen's beating earlier this month has been charged with misdemeanor simple assault, Chicago police confirmed Wednesday.

    Cassius Chambers, 28, turned himself in to officers four days after the Oct. 1 incident that left a teen, Darion Jones, with a tooth knocked out and a damaged prosthetic eye.

    Jones said he was attacked by a pair of 16-year-old's near his home at 118th Street and Wentworth Avenue during an argument about flip-flop sandals.

    A 17-year-old boy was arrested the following day and charged as a juvenile with misdemeanor battery after he was identified as one of the teens who punched Jones, said police spokesman Daniel O’Brien.

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    Chambers and another coach were suspended by CPS after the incident during an investigation.

    Fenger is nationally known as the school where Derrion Albert was beaten and killed back in 2009.

    The video of Albert's beating was shown around the world, prompting Chicago officials to beef up school security. It even persuaded President Barack Obama to dispatch top cabinet officials to his hometown to discuss ways to quell the violence.