Wednesday, February 1, 2017


The mother of a Columbia High School student who was assaulted two weeks ago just steps from the school slammed the school district and police this week for reporting that only two students attacked her child, claiming it was a mob of 15 and there is video evidence to prove it.

The woman, whose name we are withholding for her protection, spoke during Monday's school board meeting and accused the school of failing to report the incident to district officials in a timely manner. She also contends it was a biased hate crime that should be labeled as such.

"She is in shock, she is destroyed by this horrible incident," the mother said "We want to know what the school is gong to do, what the superintendent is going to do to help her."

See her full testimony and Board President Elizabeth Baker's response below:

We reported last week when police issued a press release on the incident that occurred Jan. 18. They stated that the victim was assaulted by two fellow students who were charged in the crime. It said nothing more about a large group involved or any bias element.

We reached out to District Spokeswoman Suzanne Turner for comment, but she declined, stating it was a confidential matter involving a student. Maplewood Police did not respond to a request for comment.

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