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QJHS fight sends one student to the hospital, another arrested

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A Quincy Junior High School student was taken to Blessing Hospital Thursday morning after a fight at the school.

The Quincy Police Department said two 13-year-old boys were involved in the fight around 7:40 a.m., before classes started.

Students at Quincy Junior High School described a graphic fight.

"It happened right by my locker, and I just heard all kinds of screaming and a fight," QJHS student Leslie Dhom said.

"His head was gushing out blood," QJHS student Wynter Knight added.

Lt. Dina Dreyer said one boy hit the other with a combination pad lock, after looping the lock on his belt and swinging it. The injured boy was treated and released from Blessing Hospital for an injury to the head. 

"Anytime there is probably a head wound, you're probably going to get blood and that makes it even more exciting I guess that everybody starts reacting when they see something visually," Dreyer said.

Dreyer said one of the boys was arrested for aggravated battery.

Dreyer said the fight was retaliation from an unknown incident that had taken place outside of school on Wednesday. Officers are still trying to find out more about that incident.

Quincy Police investigated a number of incidents at the Junior High building last school year, including a string of threatening notes that prompted a strong presence of armed officers.

The 2012-13 school year began in August with the newly hired principal, Dan Sparrow, calling for a crackdown on student troublemakers.

Last month, Sparrow said stricter disciplinary rules had resulted in a significant decline in the number of fights at Quincy Junior High. (See "Quincy Jr. High handing out strict punishments for fighting, swearing")

Sparrow declined to comment on Thursday's fight, referring all questions to Quincy Public Schools Interim Superintendent, Dr. Cal Lee.

Lee described the fight as "a significant one." Lee would not elaborate any further on the fight, but he said it was being taken seriously.

"Staff handled the situation. They dealt with it," Lee said.

Although police said a student had been arrested and faces aggravated battery charges, Lee would not comment on whether the student would be allowed back in school. Police released the boy to the custody of his parents.

"It's just very sad, very sad that situation happened between some children," Deborah Stock, a parent of a QJHS student, said.

Parents and students both hope school officials will hand down a harsh punishment to prevent another graphic fight like this one.

"It was just scary, I don't know.. it was just scary," QJHS student Alexis Fessenden said.

"I know that this has been a better year, I do think that this is going to happen, I just don't know what they can do to prevent it in the future," Amy Beck, a parent of a QJHS student, said.

(Click here to read the full discipline plan sent home to students and parents at the beginning of the school year)

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