Two Case High School students are facing felony battery charges after Mount Pleasant police say they attacked another boy, one of them with a pipe.

Ryan Thom, 17, of Caledonia, and Michael Kratochvil, 17, of Mount Pleasant, were charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of battery and one misdemeanor count each of disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon. If convicted, they could each face up to almost four years in prison and/or up to $11,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, a boy was dropped off at Case High School and was waiting outside when Thom approached him. When Thom dropped his backpack, the boy also dropped his and braced for Thom to punch him. Instead, Thom took a metal pipe from his sleeve and started swinging.

Mount Pleasant police say the boy backed away and put his arm up to ward off the blows when Kratochvil got off a school bus and joined the fray. While Kratochvil hit the boy with his fists, Thom hit the boy several times in the head, causing wounds that required stitches at Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s.

When police questioned Thom, he admitted to hitting the boy with the pipe, the complaint reads, and discarding the pipe in a fenced area near an air conditioner. Officers later recovered the pipe and entered into evidence.

Neither Thom nor Kratochvil were still in custody according to online jail records. At their initial appearances Friday Thom was assigned a $750 cash bond, and Kratochvil was given a $500 cash bond. Both defendants will be back in court May 27 for their preliminary hearings.

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