Racine police say a 19-year-old man attacked a 17-year-old boy after the two stopped being friends because of a beef at school.

Antonio White, Jr., of Racine, was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of physical abuse of a child and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to 6-1/3 years in prison and/or up to $11,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, White and another boy were friends and attended William Horlick High School together but had a falling out when White got jealous because the boy made the basketball team. The boy severed their friendship and started avoiding White when White started threatening to fight the boy.

Police say they were on patrol at 6:05 p.m. Monday on the 4000 block of Erie Street when they saw a large group of young people. Believing there was going to be a fight or that one was already underway, officers pulled over and observed a boy on the ground in a fetal position with his arms covering his head. Another male subject – later identified as White – was on top of the boy punching him in the head.

Officers announced their presence, and several individuals fled, including White, the complaint reads. When police spoke with the boy, he told them White continues to bully him at school and the threats about a fight are continuous so the boy makes an effort to avoid walking near White’s home. On Monday, though, the boy’s friends wanted to take a short-cut to another friend’s house and the group walked past White’s house.

As the teens walked by White’s house, police say the defendant started to advance on the boy and said it was time the boy got his “round.” When the boy said he wasn’t going to fight, White attacked him anyway, and the boy hoped his friends would break up the fight.

White remains in the Racine County Jail on a $250 cash bond. He will next be in court Oct. 28 for a preliminary hearing.

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