MENTOR, Ohio (WOIO) - A 17-year-old Mentor High School student faces criminal charges and severe disciplinary action, after she was accused of brutally attacking a girl Thursday morning outside a classroom.
By Thursday evening, Mentor Public Schools officials decided to cancel class on Friday at the high school following rumors of potential violence.
In a letter to parents and students, the district’s Director of Community Relations, Kristen Kirby, released a statement that read, in part:
“Mentor High School will be closed tomorrow (Friday) as we work with the Mentor Police Department to investigate rumors of a threat of potential violence. At this time, police say there is no credible threat. Still, we are making the decision in the interest of safety because the investigation is not complete.”
The district said extra police will be present at the other schools on Friday as a precaution.
The 17-year-old victim was taken to Lake West Hospital, and charges are being filed against the suspect in Lake County Juvenile Court, according to Mentor Police.
During the assault, the attacker slammed the girl’s head into the floor, knocked her out, punched her several times and spat in her unconscious face.
Neither the suspect nor the victim will be identified because they are minors.
It’s not yet clear what prompted the assault.
Fortunately, 19 News has learned the young victim was treated and released from the hospital.
Principal Jason Crowe addressed the incident in the following statement:
"Dear parents and guardians of Mentor High School students:
Sadly, I am writing to make you aware about a serious incident that happened at school today. In the hallway, one student assaulted another student. There was not a weapon involved but this was an aggressive attack that caused injury.
This behavior is very disturbing. As you know, we will not tolerate any violence in our school. The student who committed the assault will not only face criminal charges through the Mentor Police Department but also the most serious disciplinary action possible here at school as well..."
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