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HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) -  Hazelwood police are recommending that criminal charges be filed against three students at Hazelwood West Middle School.

Police Chief Carl Wolf says a female student was forced into a bathroom near the school cafeteria by several boys on the afternoon of Monday, May 2.

“Two of the students for sure tried to sexually assault her,” Chief Wolf tells KMOX News.  “The other two appeared to be maybe lookouts.”

Recommended charges against the suspects, who range in age from 12 to 14, include attempted forcible rape, 2nd-degree assault, and injurious behavior.

“I think this is probably an isolated incident,” Chief Wolf says, “but it is disturbing.”

OUR EARLIER STORY:

Authorities are investigating allegations that four middle school boys at a suburban St. Louis school forced a girl into a bathroom and tried to sexually assault her.

It reportedly happened Monday afternoon at Hazelwood West Middle School.

Parents were notified in an email on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the district says the girl informed the assistant principal that four boys, all in seventh grade, tried to
have sex with her in a bathroom at the cafeteria.

Hazelwood police say the matter will be handled in family court.


Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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