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Football Coach Watches as His Players Attack Disabled Teen

| by Michael Allen

In Chicago, Fenger High School football coach Cassius Chambers turned himself into police after he watched more than a dozen of his players viciously attack a disabled teen. Police say that Coach Chambers was charged with misdemeanor simple assault.

On October 1st, about 20 to 30 football players reportedly rolled up in two cars and jumped Darion Jones, 16, and a friend outside the teen's home on Chicago's southside. Jones' prosthetic eye was damaged in the brutal beatdown. He also had a tooth knocked out.

According to Jones' mother Patricia Thurmond-Jones, one of the players accused Jones of stealing his Nike flip-flops.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Coach Chambers and one of his assistants, Roscoe Pitts, watched the attacked, but did nothing to stop it. Pitts has not been arrested, but both Chambers and Pitts have been suspended from their coaching jobs.

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A 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged as a juvenile with misdemeanor battery the day after the attack, police say.

Fenger High School gained national media attention in 2009 after Derrion Albert, 16, was beaten to death in a violent gang fight near the school. The attack was captured on an amateur video.