2 Chicago coaches suspended after teen beating

Derion Jones
CBS

CHICAGO - Two Chicago football coaches have been removed from their positions amid allegations they were involved in a teen's beating.

Chicago Public Schools says it has removed the Fenger Academy High School coaches pending an investigation.

Police say the 16-year-old victim, Derion Jones, was attacked at his home on the far South Side Saturday afternoon.

Jones' mother says her son was beaten by a group of boys who had been driven to their home by the coaches. The family says he was beaten so badly that he lost a tooth, and his prosthetic eye was knocked out of its socket, CBS 2's Pamela Jones reports.

"I saw my son. He was bloody, shirt all ripped," his mother, Patricia Jones said Monday. "I'm hollering, 'What's the matter? What's going on?'"

The family says one of the coaches told them they were there to settle a score over stolen flip-flops. Derion denied stealing anything.

"The coach said that my boys had taken some high school student's shoes," Jones said. "I told the guys in that car, 'I'll buy you a pair of shoes. Don't take my child's life. Don't take my children's life.'"

Fenger gained international attention after the beating of honor roll student Derrion Albert was captured by a cellphone camera and played around the world. Five suspects were charged in that attack, and all are serving prison time.

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After the 2009 attack on Albert, President Barack Obama dispatched two top Cabinet officials to the city to discuss ways to quell the violence.