Victim in Park Hills school assault speaks out

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Marc Cox / News 4

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 16 at 6:14 PM

PARK HILLS, Missouri (KMOV) -- There is a growing controversy in the small town of Park HIlls, Missouri, where an alleged student-on-student assault led to charges against two middle school Principals.

The mother of a 12-year-old girl tells News 4 her daughter has a fractured tailbone after being kneed in the back by a 14-year-old boy at Central Middle School on March 31.

Police pressed for charges against Principal Mike Harlow and Vice Principal Tracie Casey after learning the administrators did not report the assault, as required under Missouri's Safe Schools Act.

There have reportedly been disruptions at the school since, with students wearing t-shirts in support of the juvenile now charged in the assualt. The boy's mother claims her son was assaulted first.

Central School District officials say the incident was only horseplay, and didn't meet the requirement for reporting.

Original story text below:

PARK HILLS, Missouri (KMOV) — Two eastern Missouri middle school principals have been given misdemeanor charges after they allegedly violated the Missouri Safe Schools Act by failing to report violence.

St. Francois County prosecutor Jerrod Mahurin said Central Middle School’s Principal Mike Harlow and Vice Principal Tracie Casey were charged with failure to report an act of school violence to law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor.

Authorities said a 14-year-old boy struck a 12-year-old girl in the buttocks with his knee, causing a fractured tail bone. The incident happened at the school on March 29.

But Central School District superintendent Desi Mayberry says a district review found the injury happened during horseplay and wasn’t an assault that needed to be reported under the Safe Schools Act.

If found guilty, Harlow and Casey face up to one year in county jail and a fine up to $1,000.

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