Updated 04/29/15 – 4:43 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police were investigating after a baseball player at a Catholic high school on the Far South Side allegedly was assaulted by several teammates last month, and 12 students have been suspended in connection with the incident.
A source said the assault occurred in the locker room at St. Francis de Sales High School, at 10155 S. Ewing Av.
A dozen varsity baseball players at the school were suspended this week. A letter to parents said the players were accused of bullying, or failing to report bullying, but Chicago police said they were notified of an assault at the school.
Chicago police said an 18-year-old allegedly was attacked by five other males on March 23, at approximately 3 p.m., but the parents of the victim and the school did not report the attack to police until Tuesday. Area South Detectives were investigating, but no one was in custody as of Wednesday afternoon.
Parents said nothing criminal happened in the locker room, and players said they were just goofing off. Several students who were suspended were told, although they were not directly involved in the incident, they were bystanders who failed to notify an adult or school staff member of what happened.
The suspensions were handed down Tuesday. Students face suspensions between two days and one week.
A letter sent to at least one parent said the student was suspended for two days for: “Knowledge of and presence at an event in the locker room after baseball where a student was bullied; Being a bystander; Failure to report incident to an adult or staff member. This is a part of our ‘Zero-tolerance’ policy on bullying.”