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Bloom High School Students Stabbed in After-School Fight

One of the students was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center with a punctured lung after she was stabbed Wednesday, Aug. 22.

An after-school fight between several teenagers turned bloody after one of them pulled a knife last Wednesday, according to .

Mendoza, Mario, 17, 600 block of Sangamon, was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated battery after he cut three Bloom High School students with a knife near Millennium Food Market in the first block of 16th Street, Head of Detectives Joseph Bruni said.

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The students were walking home from school when two girls started fighting, police said. Mendoza, who was dating one of the girls, got involved in the fight and cut two girls and one boy, Bruni said. 

One of the stabbing victims was a 17-year-old girl, whose lung was punctured during the incident. She was airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center, where she was treated and stablized.

A former Bloom student, Mendoza was kicked out of school for fighting, according to police. 

Patch will report more details on this incident as they become available.

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Marvin Daily August 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM
That is what you call a DAMN shame.
Mahdee August 28, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Well I guess if he was here Illegal the mayor would have step in and got him off.... Yes I had to go there!
Anonymous August 28, 2012 at 01:22 AM
This is now the second Bloom related incident since the beginning of the school year. I have children who attend Bloom and they informed me last week lunch was cancelled due to an anonymous tip that a student had a gun inside the school. So canceling lunch is going to protect the children? Seriously? What REAL measures are being taken to increase the safety of the children? Why is Bloom not responsible enough to contact the parents to inform us of these dangerous incidents? I feel Bloom High School should be ashamed of themselves for not having the consideration of keeping the parents informed of ALL the activities that go on inside that school. And this new principal they have? This man expects class to come to a complete stop when he enters a classroom so each student can meet him and shake his hand. Since when has a principal's presence become a higher priority than our children's education?
The voiceover August 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Just shows the thugs kids have become due to lack of parenting and discipline.
Edward Husker August 28, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Lunch was never cancelled due to the threat of a gun being in school, you have been misinformed. How is this stabbing a "Bloom incident"? It did involve Bloom students, but it was not on school grounds and the person charged was a FORMER Bloom student who was kicked out. Students are only in school M-F from 8am-3pm, how is everything Bloom's fault? What about parents/guardians responsibilty to raise their to behave in society and at school? If a child is raised properly it makes it a lot easier to have a safer, more disciplined school.
alpacini August 28, 2012 at 04:16 PM
just pathetic. I mean ehat was the idiot who did the stabbing hoping to accomplish. as for Bloom, back in the day when I went, some 15 years ago, we had bomb threats at least once a month. stricter consequences for their actions. dumbass kids
Ramon Jones August 28, 2012 at 05:29 PM
This is an outrage! Now ask yourelf this, who should be held accountable? The young man who caused this,of course. but what about the people who saw this coming. More security for that school has been needed since I attended Bloom in the 90's. I love that school and I love Chicago Heights. Lets put some pressure on these elected officials who claimed to be able to do some good for our city. Remember, you all put them there. If you want a change its up to you.
Tommy Smith August 28, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Send your kids to Marian!
Tommy Smith August 28, 2012 at 05:55 PM
So this is what Chicano Heights has turned into. Caring parents; do yourselves a favor and send your child to Marian. It's pricey, but it's worth the peace of mind.
Truth2Power August 28, 2012 at 08:59 PM
This statement contains more inaccuracies than can be addressed in one short post. Lunch was not canceled last week; there was no anonymous tip about student misconduct within the school. When will Bloom stop being misrepresented as an unsafe place to send your children? Bloom High School is, and always has been, a safe place to send your students. It is a place where all students receive a quality education from committed and caring teachers.
David August 28, 2012 at 09:45 PM
this incident happened nearly a mile away from the school. I am not sure what you expect school security to do.
chigal August 28, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Sorry Tommy....Marian have problems too!!!!!
tim August 29, 2012 at 03:36 AM
My kid got his ipod stolen from him last year.The school didnt do nothing to the kid who stole it.They said it shouldnt of been brought to school and told me to look at the rule book about electronic things.The dean is a jackass and the police r just as useless.
Tommy Smith August 29, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Hey Chigal, when was the last time you heard of someone being stabbed at or near Marian? It doesn't happen. It only happens at or near a school where the riff raff hangs out. Let's stop kidding ourselves folks. People aren't exactly moving into Chicago Heights to give their kids a quality education like they are in the Lincolnway districts. The Heights is getting worse by the day and it's not going to get any better but no one wants to admit that.
Lucy August 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Based on the location of the criem it does not appear to be a school security issue. Marian has problems too - theft, fighting, drugs, etc. Doesn't matter what school your kid goes to - it goes to back to the comment on parenting. The school is there to teach and if parents did their jobs of providing the guidance and discipline they should as a parent, schools would not have to use money on security and could instead use the security money for more educational activities. This goes for both Bloom, Marian, HF.
Mikey Cisneros August 31, 2012 at 09:17 PM
It's not the first time and it will not be last . The plus side is that it did not happen in school.
melissa August 31, 2012 at 10:05 PM
This story is true but has left out so many details in it i know these kids personally and there is so much more to this story it did not tell you that the girl was getting jumped by 9 to 10 girls including a male her boyfriend tryed to split it up and the guy started to beat on him of course he defended not only himself but his girl friend also and its funny how he is the only one in trouble what about all the girls that jumped her ..oh not to metion the girl that got jumped also got charged with battery ??? really something is wrong with this police department just my opinion to this story idc if anyone agrees with me or not
jen September 01, 2012 at 08:42 PM
i agree Melissa this happens all the time, i would be damned if my child was to get jumped by 10 girls and her bf or nobody did anything to help her,they could have beat the girl to death, then this story would have been different i think they should all be held responsible!
Joseph September 03, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Fuk yall Putos
AIDA CARREON November 20, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Melissa ,you r so right ,I live out of state and i heard about it ,Why were the two only charged as always ,What happened to the other 10 people involved that started the whole thing ??? Just like they did to my son who is special needs ,pins in his arm and the police did nothing so we had to move out of state cause threats were still there ,I really hope the police dept. would get on there game ,the sad thing ,I know they will retaliate ,just for speaking up.
Anon February 21, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Same stuff can happen at marian. IT'S RIGHT DOWN THE STREET. SAME AREA. Marian is full of just a bunch of spoiled white rich kids. But kids still get in trouble for drugs, fighting, threats, ect. The school is a private school so therefore the info. doesn't get out as often. Just because bloom has a majority of hispanics & black people doesn't mean it's assumed that they'll cause all the problems. The few white kids at bloom do drugs & are constantly getting thrown out.

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