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Student hit with baseball bat

Teen argument turns violent

Posted: March 27, 2009 1:26 a.m.
Updated: March 27, 2009 4:59 a.m.
 
An argument reportedly turned physical Thursday when a Hart High School student on his way to school was hit on the head with a baseball bat.

Around 7:50 a.m., the 15-year-old boy was walking through Newhall Park, near the corner of Newhall Avenue and Dalbey Drive, when he was accosted by four males, sheriff's Sgt. Darren Harris said.

A "verbal altercation" followed, Harris said, before one of the suspects hit the boy on the head with a miniature baseball bat, of the type often sold as souvenirs.

The boy ran and flagged down a passing motorist, who drove the youth to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Harris said.

The boy suffered a minor laceration near his left ear, Harris said.

Hart High officials were quick to respond, sending a notice to staff members about the incident, said Pat Willett, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

The notice encouraged school staff to be viligant and to report to authorities any suspicious activity or comments from students.

The school stepped up its patrolling as well, she said.

"They will have extra people out on campus and at the sidewalk area in the vicinity of the school," Willett said.

"Right now, we believe we have some suspects," Harris said Thursday afternoon, and added the Sheriff's Station's COBRA Unit was investigating the attack.

Detectives do not believe the attack was race-, hate- or gang-related, Harris said, though he said some of the suspects appear to have some gang affiliation.

It did not appear any of the suspects were Hart High students.

He said Thursday's incident may have been related to an argument several days ago.

Signal Staff Writer Tammy Marashlian contributed to this report.

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