KENWOOD — Kenwood Academy’s principal is warning parents of kids planning a “Halloween purge” on 53rd Street.
Principal Gregory Jones said in a letter to parents on Monday that the school learned through social media that kids are planning a mass gathering at 4 p.m. on 53rd Street.
He said he expects the “purge” to include inappropriate behavior like throwing eggs, shooting paint balls and breaking windows.
Jones said he does not believe Kenwood students are involved, but encouraged parents to discourage their kids from going to 53rd Street.
“Please do not allow your student to ‘hang out’ tonight in the Hyde Park neighborhood,” Jones said.
He said the school has informed the Chicago Police Department and the University of Chicago police.
@jaebaddie we gonna go to see the purge I'm Hyde park👌— K💋 (@Duhhh_katie) July 14, 2014
Police reported similar instances over the weekend.
I am in Hyde Park and it's like purge night or something. Large groups of teens are running around egging people... https://t.co/7CCBzE8CHB— Jonathan Woods (@ABZyrd) October 30, 2016
A person walking down the 1300 block of East 53rd Street at 8 p.m. on Saturday was shot in the arm and hip by a paintball, according to university police.
University police also reported a person was shot in the back of the head with a paintball at 12:40 a.m. Sunday morning on the 5500 block of South Woodlawn Avenue.
Also, Chicago Police said a boy was arrested for battery at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday on the 5200 block of South Lake Park Avenue for punching a 26-year-old woman during a fight that police estimated involved 50-100 people.
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