Fenger Coach Charged With Assault In Attack On Student

UPDATED 10/13/11 7:13 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — The suspended head coach of the Fenger High School football team has been charged with assault, amid allegations that he and another coach drove students to the home of a peer to carry out an attack.

Cassius Chambers, 28, of the 8100 block of South Paxton Avenue, turned himself in to Calumet Area detectives Oct. 5 and was charged with one count of misdemeanor simple assault, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said.

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A 17-year-old boy was also arrested and charged Oct. 6 with misdemeanor simple battery, O’Brien said. His identity was not being released because he is a juvenile.

Both charges stem from the Oct. 1 attack on 16-year-old Fenger student Darion Jones in the 11800 block of South Wentworth Avenue. The boy’s relatives said a coach stopped by the boy’s home to question him about a Fenger football player who was allegedly jumped and robbed of his Nike flip-flops.

Minutes later, at least two carloads of football players arrived and attacked Jones and his 15-year-old nephew, David Baker, according to relatives, who said Chambers and an assistant coach were on the scene, but did nothing to stop the attack.

CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reported that Darion was beaten so badly that he lost a tooth, and his prosthetic eye was knocked out of its socket.

Darion’s mother, Patricia Jones, intervened to try and help her son, injuring her arm in the process.

David Baker was hit in the head, his mother said.

CPS spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus said Chambers remains suspended pending the completion of a CPS investigation. He did not coach the team in last Friday’s game against King College Prep.

This is not the first time in recent years that Fenger High School has been the subject of notoriety in the headlines.

Two years ago, honor student Derrion Albert, 16, was beaten to death as he walked home from the school and was caught in the middle of a fight. Teens who lived in “The Ville” neighborhood around Fenger, 11220 S. Wallace St., were fighting with teens who were bused in from Altgeld Gardens near 130th Street.

All five boys and young men charged in the case were convicted, and three of them were sentenced to 32 years in prison.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Michael Payne

    Now if Darien’s Mother had pulled out a 357 Magnum (as she S H O U L D have) – and blown the so-called “Coaches” and their little Thuglettes away – everybody would be ALL UPSET; and talking that “my child” Bull-Hockey.

    • Torrence

      Wow, that’s pretty harsh. What then should she do with her thieving son??

    • Karen

      That’s real, nothing harsh about that.

      • Torrence

        @Karen, What about her thieving criminal of a kid!!!

  • Roberta Waker

    If she pulled out a 357 Mag that would be one thing; to shoot unarmed thugs is another and she would end up in jail. If they had been armed even with baseball bats or some other serious threat she would definitely be justified in shooting them. Such is the law. They never did say if the boy took the Nikes or not. Mob violence needs to be dealt with by the POLICE, who should have been called via 911. Judge Judy always says to call the police first before doing something stupid. If they don’t come ASAP and you are still being threatened, then shoot them.

  • BoBo

    Over a pair of Nikes? Idiots all around!!

  • Leroy Goldberg

    Cassius? all I need to hear.

  • Greg Olson

    Wait a minute, something about this story isn’t right. I saw this story on the TV news and apperently the kid that got the beatdown had stolen a pair of flip flops, a capital offense down there in blackville, and the coach only went to talk to him. what happened after that was not the coaches problem, he’s not a cop and NOT on school grounds. Where are the charges for the theft of the flip flops? How does the coach end up with assault charges when he never assaulted anyone? I would fight these charges tooth and nail if I were the coach.

  • Karen

    So what you are saying is it is alright to drive students over to another student’s house to beat him/her up in the name of stolen flip-flops? LOL….you have to be joking? and if one of those ignorant kids pulled a gun out and shot the boy, in the name of stolen flip-flops, then what? As a teacher, 28 years, he should have shown better sense (like “common”sense). FYI , He should have presented the problem to the principal, vice or the dean and have them take care of the problem. There was nothing professional about that.

    • Greg Olson

      Did you even read the story, dumb ass? The coach went to the kids house to talk to him, ALONE! The other kids showed up later and did what negro kids do best. Not the coach’s problem. After all, a pair of flip flops had been stolen. In blackville, someone had to go down!

  • Nancy

    CPS sports’ coaches should at minimum have a college degree. Preferably a teacher’s certificate. Don’t you think?

  • Michelle

    Was it ever confirmed if this boy eve stole the flips flops? It’s funny how you all just assume that he did but I have read nothing to the affirmative on that. It said the player was “allegedy” jumped and his flip flops stolen but was it even confirmed if this boy was a part of that posse that “allegedy” did the jumping? Are they looking for the rest of the posse as well? Too many holes in this story and regardless of that these boys and the adults were in the wrong and they all deserve to be punished.

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