29 teens charged in Skokie brawl
Updated: January 14, 2013 6:20AM
Police issued disorderly conduct citations to 29 north suburban high school students involved in a park brawl in which one student was stabbed and a 17-year-old man was charged with a felony.
Those cited for the brawl in Emerson Park on Nov. 9 were students at Niles North, Niles West and Mather high schools, Skokie police said in a news release. The exception was Tolgan Gundogdu of the 5000 block of North Artesian Avenue in Chicago, who was charged with aggravated battery, police said.
The youths have the choice of attending a violence prevention seminar at the police department in mid-December or appearing in Cook County Court on Dec. 28. The seminar is being offered on one day so those who attend will do so as a group, police said.
“The Skokie police take incidents of this nature very seriously and believe that those involved must be held accountable for their actions,” Police Chief Anthony Scarpelli said in a statement. “The violence prevention seminar is offered as a means of reducing violence in the community.”
Police said the fight stemmed from an argument between a Niles North student and a Mather student. During the fight, one of the Mather students stabbed a Niles North student.
The Niles North student’s injury was not life-threatening and was released from the hospital shortly after, police said. ~.