Teen accused of bullying sentenced to probation

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – There's new information about a bullying case at Francis Howell High School.

Investigators say 17-year-old Jordin Carter has been sentenced to five years of probation. She's accused of teasing and tormenting a high school freshman, Mollie Bone, for four months. She was also charged with stalking and resisting arrest.

"I was worried everywhere I went. I couldn't walk around school. I didn't feel safe," said Bone.

In April 2013, police say she punched bone several times in the school cafeteria.

Carter pleaded guilty to felony assault.

Prosecutors say Carter had a chance to apologize in the courtroom but refused. She no longer attends Francis Howell High School and now goes to the alternative school in the district.

"The issue of school bullying, it has been in the news a lot lately and we in this community are going to make sure that people know it is not going to be tolerated. The schools are going to be safe places where you can send your kids so you are not going to have to worry about them being victimized the way that this young lady was victimized so we are doing our part to make absolute sure that these sorts of things will not be tolerated and will not be swept under the rug," said St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar.

Mollie Bone and her mother Catherine believe this incident could have been prevented. Mollie says she reported every incident to the school's office and nothing was done.

"How the school handled this is unacceptable and they completely failed to protect our daughter and the lack of what they did compounded the circumstances of what happened to our daughter. It shouldn't happen. It shouldn't have been able to get this far with repeated attempts to ask for her protection," said Catherine Bone.

Francis Howell released the following statement:

"The Francis Howell School District is committed to maintaining a learning environment free of any form of bullying or intimidation. FHSD does not tolerate any behavior that infringes on the safety and well-being of any student or adult. We believe that all students have a right to a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment. Our teachers and staff have taken the necessary steps to develop a school-wide culture of caring and tolerance.

"Students, staff and parents are expected to immediately report any incident of bullying to the principal or designee. Every report of bullying is addressed immediately and is documented. Students who bully are in violation of Board Policy 2655 and are subject to disciplinary action according to the Student Code of Conduct.

"In response to your questions regarding the incident involving Jordan Carter and Molly Bone, the district was aware of the conflict between the students; our counselors and principals were working with them to resolve it. The district has reviewed the actions of all administrators and staff in reference to the unfortunate incident and that everyone acted appropriately and according to policies and procedures. Unfortunately, even with the best policies and programs in place, not all incidents can be prevented."


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