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Three Teens To Be Charged in Attempted Sexual Assault at Hazelwood West Middle School

Four seventh-grade boys allegedly attempted to rape a seventh-grade girl at Hazelwood Middle School on Monday. The Hazelwood Police Department referred three to St. Louis County Family Court seeking attempted forcible rape charges, among others.

Three of four male students involved in a sexual misconduct investigation at may soon be facing criminal charges, Hazelwood Police Chief Carl Wolf said.

About 30 minutes before school ended on Monday, four male Hazelwood West Middle School seventh-graders allegedly forced a female student, also a seventh-grader, into the boys’ bathroom and attempted to sexually assault her, stated an the Hazelwood Middle Sschool administration sent out to parents Thursday evening.

Neither the nor the have released specific details of the occurrence. The girl’s parents told KMOV that two of the students reportedly tried to pull down the girl’s pants and have sex with her while one stood outside the locked bathroom door and the other acted as a lookout in the hallway.

School officials and the police interviewed the students involved, ages ranging from 12 to 14, in an initial investigation throughout a two-day period, a release from the Hazelwood Police Department stated.

Three of the four boys have been interviewed and referred to the St. Louis County Family Court. Charges of attempted forcible rape, second-degree sexual assault and injurious behavior are being sought, Chief Wolf said.

"The fourth boy is still under investigation," he said. "There is no way to determine what type of punishment they would face at this time because juvenile courts are a whole different ballgame."

The district's assistant superintendent for communications, Diana Gulotta, said the boys involved were immediately removed from school premises when the incident was reported.

Gulotta also said before police department made its recommendation to the courts, that if the allegations were confirmed, the boys would face punishments that could range from a 10 day out-of-school suspension all the way to expulsion.

No word yet on if any of these actions have been taken against the students since HPD's announcement.

Gulotta also said that the district’s biggest concern at this time is evaluating the situation to determine what happened and working to prevent it from happening again.

Bob Emling May 07, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Anything short of complete expulsion is not acceptable. People need to get involved and let this school administration and school board know we do not accept this kind of behavior. What would you do if this happened to your daughter?
Coco May 07, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Children are being exposed to too many of the wrong things and not talked to about the right things. Where in the world did they get the idea that this is the way to have sex with a girl? How did four boys get out of class so close to the end of the school day. The district needs to take a look at a number of procedures. This sounds like something that had been planned--if that turns out to be the case the school has a tough fight on its hands.
stone May 08, 2011 at 11:40 AM
10 day suspension or expulsion? Are you kidding me? Those acts from 7th graders can and will lead to more dispicable acts as young adults into adulthood. You cannot be too soft with these type kids anymore. They need to be reminded with fierce justice not a vacation from school, pulllleze gimme a break.
sharon Schiller May 09, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Why would you tell a girl that has been assalted to go back to class to get her things. They should be expelled and not ever let back into the district. Their parents need to be held accountable for the boys actions. What causes a 12 or 13 year to say "hey lets go rape someone today?" The district should have been more proactive on this. Where is security at the school at?
Crystal Vania May 13, 2011 at 10:06 AM
How can you even THINK about letting the boys back in school where the victim is attending! The assault was bad enough for the poor girl but then to make her face her alleged abusers every day is like telling her it was no big deal and to get over it.
Brook Davis May 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM
I agree with all of you , anything short of expulsion is an outrage . How about the teacher that did not notice the boys were gone so long ? The 7th grade principal that returned her to class . This school has not only gone down hill but is a total disgrace. They spend more time covering up than being pro active and heading off issues . I feel for this child , it took alot of guts to go and report this only to be told no big deal go back to class. That only sends the message that is tolerable at HWM and accepted behavior . The safety policy of brush it under the rug . The new measures for safety will only be followed for a little bit then it will go right back to do as you wish , and we will cover it up .
meme40 May 20, 2011 at 11:56 PM
I'm not surprised the whole Hazelwood School District is trash !!! Of course they are going to let them back in they are just as stupid as the adults running this mess!!! You have a principal at Keeven Elementary if you was see the background history you would say how are these people allowed around kids !!! . They need to just wipe out all the schools in Hazelwood Distirct
Donna May 26, 2011 at 04:13 PM
Ah, what fine young men. Let 'em go to state prison for a week and find out what rape is all about. I bet it would never cross their minds to try that s**t again.
JAY JOHNSON May 26, 2011 at 06:41 PM
REALLY... ANYTHING LESS THAN CHARGEING THEM WITH RAPE IS CRAZY......JUST LOCK THEM UP KEEP THEM AWAY FROM ANYONE ELSE ......THEY WILL ALL END UP IN JAIL SOONER OR LATER YOU CAN COUNT ON IT
Chris Charboneau June 15, 2012 at 08:26 PM
CRIMINAL CHARGES AS ADULTS.....enough of this juvy crap
Jeannine September 03, 2012 at 03:31 PM
If this happened the way the story says it happened, than arrest and expel should be the only result. However, knowing the way the school system works, be careful to judge too quickly. I certainly hope the district did not add their own twist to the facts in order to get these kids out. It happens everyday in our school system. An example, the kid who brings nail clippers to school and gets expelled for "bringing a weapon to school", the kid who brings an inhaler to school, and gets expelled for "bringing drugs to school", and the elementary kid who gets their arm squeezed by a teacher, and hits back, and gets expelled AND arrested for "assault". Yes the story is sooo disturbing, but maybe, it's not really the story.

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