WELLSTON, MO (KTVI)-- Wellston Police say normal safety procedures were not followed after a Normandy Jennings basketball game last week. Several Jennings students were injured in an attack outside the gym.
Normandy School officials dispute the criticism from the Wellston Police. Thursday the District issued a statement saying extra police manpower was called for prior to the end of the game January 30 according to normal protocol. Additional police help was requested when the fight erupted.
17-year old Justice Perkins, a junior at Jennings High, is recovering from a badly swollen eye, back pain and cuts inside her lip. Her mother, Rochelle Bea says phone videos of the fight show her daughter was attacked three times and kicked in the head by boys as she tried to walk nearly fifty yards from the gym to her car on a campus parking lot.
"You could see Justice being beat and dragged in both videos. This was not a fight this was an attack and poor judgment was used on behalf of the security guards," Ms Bea added.
Bea hopes the videos which were posted on social media will help identify those who attacked her daughter and fellow Jennings` students. Bea said the Jennings High School principal and a parent were with the students after the game and asked that they be allowed to remain inside the gym until the crowd left because of threats the students would be 'jumped'. According to Bea, they were told they would be arrested if they did not leave the building.
Wellston Lt. Chris Clay said the department is continuing its investigation. Recent snow days have slowed their efforts to interview student witnesses or suspects.
"We haven`t determined if there was adequate security or security ignored the warnings ( regarding potential attacks against Jennings students)," he said.
Daphne Dorsey, spokesman for the Normandy Schools, said a Normandy security guard escorting the students was also attacked. In a statement issued by the school district administrators said, ' The safety and security of students and guests who attend our sporting and other public events is a top priority. As we continue our investigation into this unfortunate incident, we will also continue to review our security processes.'
A spokesman for the Jennings School District said high school administrators were working with the school`s resource police officer to conduct their own investigation.
Wellston Police promise once their investigation is complete the report will be given to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney and or County juvenile authorities. They expect to seek second degree assault charges in the attack of Justice Perkins.
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