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Niles North Teen Stabbed, Hospitalized Following Rumble at Skokie Park

Students from Mather High School in Chicago, Niles North and Niles West met to fight at Emerson Park in Skokie on Friday. One student was stabbed and hospitalized as a result of the incident, police said.

A 17-year-old Niles North teen was stabbed and hospitalized following a fight in Skokie on Friday. The skirmish involved students from Niles North, Niles West and Mather High School in Chicago.

Police were dispatched to Emerson Park, 9350 Lawler Ave., around 10:30 p.m. after a caller stated that about “20 to 30 people [were] fighting in the park,” according to the report.

When police arrived, however, there were no subjects at the park but multiple coats and cell phones could be seen near a park bench. Shortly after canvassing the area, officers received a call from Skokie Hospital about a patient who was brought to the emergency room with a stab wound to his mid-section, the report stated.

Detectives investigated and through various interviews realized that students from Mather High School in Chicago, Niles North and Niles West High School, gathered at Emerson Park around 10:15 p.m. to watch a fight between a North student and a Mather student.

The fight occurred on the basketball court and was only supposed to be between the two students, the report said. However, as the fight ensued, others jumped in. The fight stopped when one student realized a friend had been stabbed in his mid-section with “an unknown sharp object,” police stated.

The stabbed student was taken to Skokie Hospital and later Evanston Hospital for further treatment. Emergency room staff told police that the student’s liver had been lacerated, the police report stated.

The fight was originally supposed to be held at Hamlin Park, but students became deterred after seeing officers patrolling the park per routine. The teenagers decided to take the skirmish to Emerson Park, the police report stated. The entire incident began over a Mather student “disrespecting” a North student’s brother, according to the report.

Because all those involved were under the age of 18, Skokie Patch is not publishing any names. No further information is available at this time.

Update 11/15 - Teen Charged in Stabbing of Niles North Student 

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rclkak November 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM
the niles north student disrespected the mather student
Floyd Freeman November 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Everyone .....please remember and teach one rule to your Family and Friends...... In the art of war,in any acts of violence......."No one wins"
Brian November 16, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Thanks Fuji. rclkak - To a degree all of the youth disrespected the community. The point is, I would prefer that no violence would have occurred. Regardless of who disrespects first. We could sit down and discuss it, work it out to a positive conclusion. Rclkak I would not want you harmed. It is okay to walk away.
Dan Cox January 28, 2013 at 02:16 AM
The issues of Chicago are coming into Skokie, Evanston, Park Ridge and other Liberal Style communities. This is a good thing, it brings the attention of the people who do not care, what happens to others, to care when it effects them! Pain, is a very good motivator.
Sully January 29, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Hey Dan! This should make you proud- http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/01/28/the-audacity-of-stupid-gun-extremists-heckle-father-of-newtown-victim/ Sends chills down your spine, doesn't it? Be sure to let your son know now. It's very important that he sees classy behavior.

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