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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Two females have been suspended and recommended for expulsion in what has been determined to be a premeditated attack Tuesday morning of a 14-year-old student during breakfast.
And Bullitt Central High School officials are taking steps to educate students on how to handle similar situations in the future.
School board attorney Eric Farris said that although staff members were at the scene within 16 seconds to break up the attack, the victim did receive a broken nose and bruised ribs from the encounter.
The 15-year-old girl who attacked the victim was immediately suspended and would be recommended for expulsion, said Farris.
In looking at cameras in the cafeteria, Farris said it was apparent that at least two others were part of the attack and had phones ready to videotape the incident.
The second female who was confirmed to have videotaped the incident has also been suspended and recommended for expulsion.
The second girl who had the video erased the incident.
Farris said others who may have videotaped the incident had the pictures erased from their phones.
The school has a policy allowing the possession of cell phones; however, they are not to be used unless an emergency arises.
In the case of the incident at Bullitt Central, Farris said it was sent out to others, including relatives of the victims.
Principal Christy Coulter talked with students and also sent home through the school’s e-mail service an update of what is happening and what would be happening.
Following the Thanksgiving break, Coulter said that counselors would be working with all classes to educate “our students of the consequences for fighting, bullying students, inappropriate texting” and other issues.
She asked that parents talk with their children about the inappropriate use of cell phones.
“It is OK for students to help maintain a safe environment and want a positive school culture,” wrote Coulter. “It is OK for a community to come together and change the expectations of ourselves, our school and children.”
Farris said the school will be talking to students about their responsibilities if they know something like a fight is brewing and their role in trying to help fellow students.
Such a discussion could be a model to be used in other schools.
Jaime Goldsmith, the district’s safe school coordinator, will be assisting in the presentation, according to Farris.
Criminal charges in juvenile court are possible against the assailant.