Teens these days may be waiting longer than ever to have sex and get wasted, but some aren't holding off on being assholes, apparently.
Last weekend, a group of teenagers brutally assaulted a 12-year-old boy and his parents while in line at a Chicago-area Six Flags—all because the kid's mom asked the teens to stop cursing in front of her kid, Chicago Sun Times reports.
The family was there on Saturday night to check out Fright Fest—a seasonal event promising a "truly frightening evening of fun" and usually brings out "an increased number of knuckleheads who come to stir things up," according to Brian Smith, deputy police chief in Gurnee, Illinois, where the Six Flags is located.
The teens allegedly cut in front of the family, who were waiting in line near the Raging Bull coaster, and reportedly started talking loudly and swearing. The mom asked the teens to cool it with the bad language and—instead of moving somewhere else or, you know, just avoiding saying "fuck" for a few minutes—they reportedly turned around and "sucker-punched" the 12-year-old, Smith told the Sun Times.
The boy's parents immediately jumped in to protect their kid, but the mob of at least nine teens surrounded the family and beat them to the ground.
The family was repeatedly kicked and stomped until Six Flags security could step in to break up the attack. Gurnee police soon arrived at the scene and arrested nine teens for a handful of charges, including aggravated battery and mob action.
The 12-year-old and his parents were hospitalized for "significant" injuries following the attack, but all three were released earlier this week.
Smith told the Sun Times that, while the annual Fright Fest does tend to bring some rowdy crowds, last weekend's brutal attack was "rare" and "on a different spectrum."
"This family is lucky they got out with just the injuries that they did," Smith said.