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Girl, 14, repeatedly stomps, punches head of another girl in class: Cops. Victim hospitalized; suspect released to guardian.
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Girl, 14, repeatedly stomps, punches head of another girl in class: Cops. Victim hospitalized; suspect released to guardian.

A 14-year-old girl repeatedly stomped and punched the head of another 14-year-old girl in a Delaware high school classroom last week, police said — and while the victim was hospitalized, the suspect was released to a guardian.

What are the details?

Delaware State Police said the suspect entered a classroom in Lake Forest High School in Felton around 1 p.m. Dec. 19 and repeatedly punched and stomped on the victim’s head. Felton is just over an hour south of Wilmington.

Teachers removed the suspect from the classroom, and a school resource officer detained the suspect, police said.

The parent of the girl who was attacked took the victim to an area hospital, where she was treated for serious head injuries, police said.

The suspect on Saturday turned herself in on a charge of second-degree felony assault, police said, adding that she was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 and released to a guardian on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

How are folks reacting?

Commenters on a story about the incident posted to Yahoo News were incredulous over the extreme violence and how the legal system is handling things:

  • "Stomping a person's head is not assault, it is attempted MURDER," one commenter said. "Stomping the head is the prison method inmates use to kill. This little murderer's so-called parents should be be charged also."
  • "Felony assault? How about felony attempted murder. You punch someone that is assault; you stomp on someones head, that is attempted murder," another commenter added. "Make an example out of her. Charge her as an adult and send her to prison for at least 25 [years]. If she does not get in trouble in prison then she can get out; if she gets into trouble, then she stays there for life. She did this once; she will be able to do it again."
  • "We'll just a do a restorative circle, talk about why you stomped the girl, make sure you understand that 'you cannot stomp on the girl's head,' talk about who[se] fault this really is, like society, or some mythical mental condition, or some systemic 'thing,' we'll give you a cookie and hot chocolate, make sure you're okay and your feet aren't sore from stomping on the girl's head ... if they are, we'll massage them for you, then send you back to class ... this approach has made school violence so much more rare and much less severe than it was 25 or 30 years ago, right?" another commenter wondered.

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Dave Urbanski

Dave Urbanski

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Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News and has been writing for Blaze News since 2013. He has also been a newspaper reporter, a magazine editor, and a book editor. He resides in New Jersey. You can reach him at durbanski@blazemedia.com.
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