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Flipped Out

The following is pure fiction. Any resemblance to persons or places are purely coincidental. Note the dates.

Dateline: Chicago, July 23, 2002

Hinsdale Parents Sue
Little League Coaches


by Don Nowacki--Tribune Reporter

Attorneys Charles and Rebecca Armitage have filed suit in DuPage circuit court on behalf of their 10 year-old son, against the manager and coach of his Little League baseball team.

The lawsuit seeking unspecified damages for physical pain and suffering sprang from an incident in a game played on June 8. According to the suit, the team manager and coach maliciously placed the Armitage youth, whose name is not mentioned, in harm's way by forcing him to play in right field while a left handed "slugger" was batting. The ensuing fly ball struck the young Armitage in the head causing "grave injury" according to the suit. 

"It was absolutely ridiculous," stated Charles Armitage. "The boy clearly had not been properly coached before being forced to play in that highly vulnerable position. He had no business being out there."

Nick Mathias, the team manager, disagreed contending that, "Two weeks before, Armitage and I had words because he didn't feel his kid was getting enough playing time. He threatened to sue me. He is right about one thing though; the kid had no business being out there. By the time a kid is ten, you'd figure his dad would have taught him how to throw, catch and bat. We had to show this kid how to put on his glove."

Dateline: Chicago, May 8, 2008

Hinsdale Parents File Suit
Against High School, Facebook

by Tribune Staff

The parents of Hinsdale Central sophomore Charles Armitage, Jr.--both of whom are attorneys--have filed suit against the high school and Facebook, a social internet site. The suit, claiming emotional duress was inflicted upon their son, claims that Charles, Jr. has been defamed through on-going attacks taking place on-line.

Further, the suit contends that their son has been subjected to continual bullying and harassment at school as a result of the Facebook attacks and that the school has allowed this to continue. The suit notes that this "deplorable activity" has turned their son's school time into an "unbearable situation" which has prevented him from excelling in his academic pursuits.

Rebecca Armitage, the youth's mother, observed that, "It's gotten so bad for poor Charlie, that he can't even ride the school bus. I have to drop him off at school on my way to the office every day. And that costs me time and money. Then our maid has to drop everything to pick him up in the afternoon. Fortunately, he'll be able to drive next year and we're planning on getting him a new car so that he can get to school without having to deal with the abuse."

According to Charles Armitage, Sr., "This is a lot more than just isolated, stupid kid pranks; this level of harassment requires some kind of organization. What the bullies in Charlie's school don't realize is that by hampering his ability to excel at school, they are affecting his entire lifetime in real terms. Without the grades he needs, his earning potential is permanently lessened. We are talking real quality of life, real money and someone needs to pay."

A classmate of Charles, Jr., who asked not to be identified, observed that the young Armitage "...just doesn't seem to get along with anyone. He brings it on himself." He continued: "But I wouldn't call it bullying, just plain old teasing."

Dateline: Naperville, May 8, 2010

Three youths arrested for
animal cruelty at dump

by Naperville Sun Staff

Three minors, two from Naperville and one from Hinsdale, were charged with animal cruelty following a gun incident at the former Green Valley landfill. The youths, all 17, were caught using the body of a small dog for target practice.

According to police, nearby neighbors reported hearing gunshots and directed officers to the former landfill. Arriving, they remained hidden as they approached the source of the sound and observed the three youths taking turns throwing the body of the dog, a small terrier, into the air while the others shot at it with a shotgun they shared.

With guns drawn, police announced themselves. The youths made no attempt to resist and were taken into custody where they were charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, public endangerment and cruelty to animals. The Hinsdale youth, whose parents are attorneys, countered by telling police that it was not illegal in that situation to discharge a firearm, there was no public endangerment because of the limited range of a shotgun, and that the dog was dead when they found it so that they had inflicted no cruelty. All three were released to the custody of their parents.

The Hinsdale youth's father, who is representing all three said he agreed with his son's argument and expects the charges to be dropped.

Dateline: Chicago, May 30, 2014

Chicago Area Gunman Dead
Following Killing Rampage


Police in Chicago suburb Oakbrook, IL today shot and killed a 22 year-old gunman yesterday but only after he had killed or wounded over 30 people, most at a nearby shopping mall. The gunman, Charles Armitage, Jr. of nearby Hinsdale, was pronounced dead at the scene by the DuPage county coroner.

"He was armed to the teeth and well prepared," said Hinsdale Police Lieutenant Mort Salzman. "He was wearing Kevlar body armor and was carrying two 9mm pistols, each with extra magazines, and a Kel-Tec .22 with extended magazines. He could have held out against anyone."

The guns, according to official records, were all legally acquired. The two 9mm pistols were purchased new by the killer's parents, both of whom were attorneys. As officers of the court, they were licensed to carry them for personal protection. The Kel-Tec .22 was purchased by Armitage, Jr. last month at a south-suburban gun shop.

Hinsdale police were first called to the Armitage house by neighbors after they heard what they thought was gunfire from within the home where the gunman lived with his parents. Arriving just minutes later, they found the backdoor unlocked and entered. A search of the house revealed the bodies of Charles Armitage, Sr. and his wife Rebecca in their bed, both having been shot once in the head by what police described as medium to large caliber bullets.

Questioning neighbors, they learned that Charles, Jr. had been seen fleeing the house just moments before the police arrival, in his late-model, silver Mercedes convertible. An immediate search for the car was begun by all local and state police departments and within just minutes, the car was identified, parked in the shopping mall lot. At that same time, the first 911 calls were received from panicked shoppers regarding what was described as a gun battle within the mall.

Police and SWAT teams, wearing riot gear, were immediately dispatched to the mall but, upon entry, found only the bodies of numerous victims. One officer fired a single shot at the person believed to be the perpetrator. The perpetrator's body was found to have a single wound in the side of his head but some question remains as to the source of the bullet.

In all, 12 people--including the gunman and his parents--were killed and at least 18 wounded.

"Apparently, he just flipped out," stated Lieutenant Salzman. "He was just a normal guy; no police record; never in any trouble. Maybe he was just depressed about not finding a job."