Fenger Coaches Benched Over Alleged Beating

The two coaches are accused of playing a part in a teen's beating this weekend

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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. (Published Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011)

    Chicago Public Schools reportedly have sidelined two Fenger High School football coaches over allegations they played a part in a teen's beating over the weekend.

    Police said Tuesday morning the incident was a simple battery between two 16-year-olds near the teen's home at 118th and Wentworth.

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    Community activist Andrew Holmes speaks on behalf of a 16-year-old Fenger High School student who reportedly was beaten by another teen so badly his prosthetic eye and a tooth were knocked out. (Published Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011)

    But Darion Jones' family told reporters he was badly beaten Saturday afternoon by a group of teens driven to the home by two Fenger High School coaches.

    He said the attack has left him afraid and not wanting to go to school.

    The fight was allegedly over some flip-flops, and Jones reportedly was beaten by another 16-year-old so badly his prosthetic eye and a tooth were knocked out. Chicago Police say the teen refused medical attention.

    "I couldn't see nothing but Darion bloody, shirt ripped. I'm screaming, 'What's the matter? what's the matter?" recalled the boy's mother, Patricia Jones.

    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.

    The two coaches allegedly connected to Saturday's incident reportedly have been suspended by CPS pending completion of the investigation.

    "CPS continues to investigate this matter and school leadership is currently discussing next steps. However, no final decisions will be made until there is a clear understanding of what occurred during this incident," the district said in a statement.