17-year-old girl charged with assault, stalking of Francis Howell classmate

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 30 at 5:58 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Prosecutors in St. Charles County brought felony charges against a 17-year-old high school girl against of bullying.

St. Charles County authorities also said the Francis Howell School District may have allowed the bullying to continue after the victim said she begged administrators for help.

Authorities said 17-year-old Jordin Carter is accused of stalking, threatening and tracking down her victim in the middle of the cafeteria.

Despite the accusations, St. Charles officials said Carter was still in class Friday at Francis Howell High School.

St. Charles County Police said school surveillance video showed Carter and two other young classmates attacking another student in the lunch line. The video shows the attackers punching the victim in the face, dragging her to the ground and ripping out her hair.

Prosecuting attorney Tim Lohmar said the school won’t release the surveillance video without a subpoena, citing that as a reason why it took so long for charges to be filed against Carter.

“This is the kind of stuff that wouldn’t be tolerated anywhere in society, much less in a school.” Lohmar said, “We can’t allow that to happen.”

Officials with Francis Howell said they have no choice in whether or not they can release the video due to student privacy laws.

They have not commented on why Carter was allowed to attend classes despite felony assault and aggravated stalking charges.

Stay with News 4 and KMOV.com for further updates.

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