South Elgin middle school student severely beaten by classmate, school officials say

SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. (WLS) -- Officials from Kenyon Woods Middle School in northwest suburban South Elgin told parents Friday that a student was physically assaulted by another student and severely injured.

In a message sent to parents through the school's mass notification system, Principal Lisa Olsem said a male student was assaulted by a fellow student shortly before noon. The victim was taken to Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin and then airlifted to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge to receive treatment for "severe injuries."

The victim's older brother said he is in stable condition Friday night, and that his head hit the floor during the attack and he suffered several skull fractures. Social media reports said he convulsed after the attack.

Olsem said staff took immediate action to attempt to calm and control the situation and called police. The alleged attacker was arrested by the South Elgin police and taken into custody.

The older brother said this was not a bullying issue, and that the principal has been in close contact with the family. He also said there is no danger to students at the school and the family is grateful for administrators' actions to stop the attack.

The exact circumstances of the attack have not been released.
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