An apparent attempt to break up a fight between two other teens landed a 16 year-old boy in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, with a head injury.
The incident began Saturday, August 4, as the John Burroughs Football team was ending their practice on Memorial Field at the school. George Tyler Heffley, a sophomore who is on the football team, attempted to break up a fight near the basketball courts next to the field. The fight started as an argument between another member of the football team and a former student. According to police, the victim was punched in the face by the former student when he stepped between the two boys, then fell backwards and struck his head on the concrete He was knocked unconscious.
The Burbank Police Department was called at 7:25 p.m. for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at John Burroughs High School. Officers responding “Code 3” were directed to the visitor entrance to Memorial Field in the 200 block of N. Parish Place, where they found the victim lying on the sidewalk, conscious but disoriented. The 15 year-old suspect was being detained by the football coaches. He was wearing black tape used in boxing n his right hand, and had just come from a gym where he works out.
Burbank Fire Department Paramedics responded and treated the victim at the scene. He was observed talking to the paramedics before they transported him by rescue ambulance to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. According to police, who cannot release the victim’s name because he is a juvenile, he was admitted to the ICU. Rumors spread quickly through the community, that the victim was on life-support and in a coma. However, a police spokesman confirmed that the teen’s condition was improving and he was not on life-support. His condition is listed as serious but stable.
The suspect was arrested under section 243 (d) of the California Penal Code, battery causing great bodily injury. The crime is a felony. Because he is a juvenile, his name is not being released. He was booked into the Burbank Jail, then released to his parents. He is scheduled to appear in Pasadena Juvenile Court on October 3.