Mother: Daughter receives 100 stitches after attack outside Florissant middle school -

Mother: Daughter receives 100 stitches after attack outside Florissant middle school

FLORISSANT, Missouri (KMOV) -- A woman is looking for answers after her 14-year-old daughter was viciously attacked outside a Ferguson-Florissant School District middle school.

Shantell Blanks says her daughter, De’sha, was intentionally attacked last Thursday outside Cross Keys Middle School. Blanks said the 8th grader nearly had her eyebrow bitten off in the fight. She also suffered bruises on her face and blood on her knees from hitting the sidewalk.

The attack required 100 stitches to close up the wound and she’ll likely need plastic surgery.

Police turned one teenage girl over to juvenile authorities, but she’s since been released.

Shantell Blanks said it never should have happened after she raised concerns to school officials two months ago. She says she warned the principals in January after several threats to her daughter.

“I brought in the Facebook threads showing what these girls were saying to my daughter,” said Shantell Blanks. “I also showed them the text messages this group of girls was sending my daughter.”

De’sha has been an honor student at the school. She’s gotten certificates for grades and recognition for high MAP test scores. School officials wouldn’t comment on specifics, citing privacy concerns.

Ferguson-Florissant officials say there are no innocent victims in the situation, and they say the fight before school involved only two girls.

School officials said the Department of Social Services has cleared the district of any negligence.

According to the district’s student handbook, it appears both De’sha and her alleged attacker will both face suspension.


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