Rizzo steps up for at­tack vic­tim

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Chil­dren at a sub­ur­ban Chicago school are wear­ing Cub­bie blue in sup­port of a class­mate who was se­verely beaten, and Cubs star An­thony Rizzo is invit­ing the boy to Wrigley Field when he gets bet­ter.

Rizzo tweeted his in­vi­ta­tion to 12year-old Henry Sem­bd­ner to watch bat­ting prac­tice and a game, say­ing he’d heard the 7th-grader was a Cubs fan.

The at­tack hap­pened last Fri­day at Kenyon Woods Mid­dle School in South El­gin. Au­thor­i­ties say an­other stu­dent at­tacked af­ter Henry bumped into him. He suf­fered fa­cial frac­tures and other in­juries.

The boy re­mains hos­pi­tal­ized but school of­fi­cials say his con­di­tion is im­prov­ing and he’s breath­ing on his own af­ter doc­tors re­moved a breath­ing tube.

Po­lice say their in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing to de­ter­mine if the other boy should face crim­i­nal charges.

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