KINGSTON — Police are investigating an assault at Sanborn Regional High School that led to a student being taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Authorities are releasing few details, but school principal Brian Stack and police Chief Donald Briggs did confirm one student was allegedly beaten by another.
"We are investigating a serious assault at Sanborn Regional High School," Briggs said yesterday. "It is a possibility one of the students in the assault could be charged."
Stack said he could not discuss the incident in detail because it involved students and is under investigation. He did say the school was in a brief lockdown Monday when the assault was reported to officials. The injured student was taken by ambulance to Exeter Hospital.
The 14-year-old Newton girl suffered a concussion and a broken nose and jaw, according to her mother. The woman did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation against her daughter.
The girl, who the mother said is quiet and a good student, was beaten by another 14-year-old girl after her daughter and a mutual friend of the two teens "had a falling out."
"She grabbed my daughter by the neck and slammed her against the glass panel," the mother said. "Then she punched her three times in the face."
The bleeding student ran into a bathroom and locked herself in. Although no one tried to help her, another student did report the assault, the mother said.
"There were witnesses there who saw it and didn't help," she said. "Other kids cheered her on as she was hitting my daughter."
The teen was released from the hospital later that day and has not returned to the school."
(She) has no desire to go back to school," the mother said. "How can you say it's not going to happen again? I don't feel safe seeing my daughter go back into the building."
The mother said it is ironic her daughter would be assaulted only days after the school district held a public forum on how to keep students safe. One issue discussed at the forum was bullying.
The woman wants the district to pay to send her daughter, a freshman, to a school where she will feel safe. Stack said he could not comment on the request.
"We took immediate action at the school and precautionary measures to keep students safe," Stack said. "We had disciplinary action taken against the other student."
Stack said he could not discuss the punishment, which the mother claims was a five-day suspension and should have been harsher. The principal said he has spoken to the mother, who filed a statement with police yesterday, and will meet with her after the holiday break.
Student safety is always a top priority at Sanborn, Stack said.
"We take these kinds of issues very seriously," he said. "I do not believe violence is a major disciplinary issue at the school."