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Teens charged with assault at Grainger school

6:32 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
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The sign outside Washburn School.

A Grainger County high school student has been released from the hospital after being treated for injuries received in an assault at Washburn High School on Monday.

In a news release, Grainger County Sheriff Scott Layel said four teen girls were arrested in connection with the assault on a 15-year-old female victim.

One of the girls was charged with aggravated assault and the other three were charged with assault, Layel said.

The victim was being treated at UT Medical Center and was listed in good condition, according to Layel.

The suspects were being held at the juvenile jail in Knox County. Their court date has not been set.

They also faced disciplinary action from the school district, Layel said.

 

This is the statement sent to 10News from Edwin Jarnagin, Director of Schools:

"Regrettably, a student was injured in an incident at Washburn High School on Monday, October 22, 2012. The school and school system are cooperating and will continue to cooperate fully with the Grainger County Sheriff's Department in their investigation. When the investigation is complete, the school will administer to any and all offending parties appropriate disciplinary action. For questions concerning the legal investigation, please contact the Grainger County Sheriff's Department. To protect the confidentiality of any students involved, Grainger County Schools will have no further public comment concerning disciplinary action."

A Washburn senior, not connected to the case, calls the attack a case of bullying.  Wednesday, 10News heard from several Washburn parents who agree with her.

The senior, Amanda Dunn, said the victim was new to the school. 

The attack caused Dunn to create a facebook page called "Liveandletlive".  Information about an upcoming candlelight vigil and fundraising effort for the victim will be located on that page.  Wednesday afternoon, the new page already had more than 400 friends.

"I was thinking about it and I just started a facebook page to get love and support for her.  Anybody who wanted to stand up and help bring awareness that bullying happens in a small school and bullying happens in a big school," Dunn said.

The candlelight vigil is scheduled for next Friday night.

 

 

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