Batavia family sues theme park after alleged mob attackBy RENEE TOMELLEmailFollowNov. 28, 2017 [Shaw Media file photo][In this video screen shot, the Raging Bull attraction is shown at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. A Batavia family that allegedly was attacked by a group of young people at the theme park during Fright Fest in September is suing the park for negligence in allowing the attack to happen.] BATAVIA – A lawsuit filed against Six Flags Great America by a Batavia family claims employees provided no help when the parents and their 12-year-old son were beaten by a group of teens following the son's encounter with a possible child predator.The incidents are said to have occurred during a visit to Great America in Gurnee at around 8 p.m. Sept. 23 during the Halloween season Fright Fest promotion. The lawsuit alleges negligence by the amusement park regarding lack of security and the failure of employees to respond to pleas for help."We do not comment on pending litigation," Tess Claussen, communications manager for Six Flags Great America, stated in an email.The lawsuit seeks damages exceeding $50,000 because of "severe and permanent physical, emotional and psychological injuries, sustained by each of the plaintiffs," according to court documents. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County circuit court.Citing their son's pre-existing disability, the nature of the injuries to all three and fear of possible gang reprisal, the family petitioned to remain anonymous, and are identified as John and Jane Doe and James Doe, a minor.The lawsuit states the family was in an area of the theme park called the Southwest Territory, when James Doe and a minor friend, accompanying him on the outing, allegedly were approached by an unidentified male adult who stated he was security and ordered the two to follow him. He was described as wearing a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, and not showing any official identification.Jane Doe reportedly saw the man approach the pre-teens, went over and asked to see his security identification. He allegedly displayed falsified credentials and then started to walk away. Jane Doe began yelling loudly for security, "believing that her child had almost been lured away by a child predator," according to court documents.She reportedly followed the man while pleading loudly for assistance, allegedly within view and earshot of multiple park employees staffing rides, concessions and nearby areas, the documents stated. She heard a different male voice yell [expletives-deleted] "snitch," turned and saw about 20 young male and female patrons in a large group menacingly approaching her, according to the lawsuit.She walked back to her family, hearing different voices picking up the snitch refrain, according to documents, which state the teens followed her, while she shouted for security.One of the teens approached and punched her son in the jaw, and another struck his head and neck, according to the lawsuit. When the boy's father intervened, he allegedly was beaten and kicked. Jane Doe attempted to shield her husband, and reportedly was pummeled by the assailants.During the assault, the family continued trying to get help from park employees, but none assisted, according to the documents.Nine teens from Wauconda and Beach Park were arrested after exiting the theme park, said Gurnee Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith.Gregory Battle, 18, of Waukegan, was charged with aggravated battery and mob action, he said.The eight juveniles also arrested during the incident range in age from 15 to 17, according to Smith, who said they all were charged with felony mob action.He said all three family members were taken to the hospital.