Youth hospitalized from fight outside Centennial High School

Youth hospitalized from fight outside Centennial High School

CHAMPAIGN — One teen is hospitalized and two are in police custody in connection with a fight Friday outside Centennial High School.

Police continue to investigate and look for possible additional participants, Champaign Deputy Police Chief Dave Shaffer said Saturday.

"We got called about 12:50 p.m. to a fight in progress with an injury," said Shaffer.

The injured youth was conscious when police arrived and at the hospital, said Shaffer, who described his condition as stable but declined to talk about his injuries.

However, an approximately 10-second video of the fight that has circulated on social media shows the hospitalized youth hitting his head with force against a brick wall at the school on Crescent Drive.

The video begins with that young man with his hands up, squaring off against another young man who was throwing punches. As the punches were being thrown, the alleged victim backed up and fell against the wall, striking his head and falling flat on his back. The other youth continued to rain blows on the prone teen while a third teen is seen pulling him off the one who hit his head.

There were at least six others nearby, including two recording the incident with cellphone cameras.

Shaffer said two teens were arrested and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center. They are expected to make court appearances Monday.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Saturday she had been informed of the situation but had no police reports yet so was unable to comment on possible charges.

Shaffer said he was unaware of a motive and that his detectives had also seen the video.

"It was a fight, the motive for which was unclear. There were multiple people involved but one appeared to be seriously injured and remains hospitalized. We are in contact with his family," Shaffer said.

Shaffer said he was not certain if all of the youths involved attend Centennial High School and did not know their exact ages.

Anyone with information on the fight is urged to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545.

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