FRUITA, CO - A mother in Colorado wasn’t happy with the way the school was handling the 15-year-old girl that beat her daughter in a school cafeteria, so she filed a restraining order against her.
Carrie Thrall said her daughter, Lexi, is a freshman at Fruita 8-9 School and became the victim of extreme bullying after she gave an anonymous statement to the school’s principal regarding a girl and boy she witnessed snorting drugs in a school bathroom.
The girl allegedly doing drugs in the bathroom found out Lexi was the one who reported her and began threatening her. Lexi and her mother notified school staff about the threats but, according to Thrall, nothing was done until after her daughter was beaten up in the school cafeteria.
A portion of the video was recorded and posted to Youtube, and in it you can see as the 15-year-old girl attack Lexi before Lexi’s younger sibling jumps in to help. Lexi was taken to the emergency room suffering a concussion, swollen face and back injuries.
The teen attacker was suspended (as was Lexi’s younger sister), but Thrall says suspending the attacker isn’t enough. Had the school done it’s job, and taken the threats against her daughter seriously, the cafeteria attack would have never happened.
“I would say that one threat would be reason for suspension. Three suspensions would be an expulsion, rather than having it is an assault and then you get a suspension,” Thrall said. “The threat itself is an act of violence.”
District 51 spokeswoman Christy McGee said that Thrall’s version of events was different to that known by school authorities. “I think parents sometimes have a different understanding of what’s happening with their kids, versus what’s actually being reported to us,” she said.
Regardless, Thrall found a way to keep Lexi’s attacker at bay no matter what the school decides – she filed a restraining order against the attacker. “The judge was great. He said that regardless of what the school district says, it is an order. This girl is not to come within fifty yards of the school,” said Thrall.
On top of that, the Fruita Police Department is pursuing charges against the 15-year-old attacker. “We sent a juvenile petition to the District Attorney’s office recommending third degree assault charges be filed against her,” Chief Mark Angelo said. “We all take this very seriously. We don’t want this type of incident occurring in the schools.”