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Alleged Bullying Leads to Criminal Charges

Four high school students from Bismarck-Henning face criminal charges for bullying.
    Four high school students from Bismarck-Henning face criminal charges for bullying. The teens were suspended in January for attacking a boy in the locker room. Misdemeanor charges could include some detention time.
    The Vermilion County State's Attorney, Randy Brinegar, says he did a lot of thinking and decided in-school punishment wasn't enough. Brinegar filed charges Friday.
    He spent a few weeks reviewing all the investigator's reports and got statements from everyone involved. It includes the victim who says he was assaulted in the boys' bathroom at the high school on January 31st.
    Since then, Brinegar says he asked himself it what happened would be considered "horseplay" if it happened in a public restroom, and each time, the answer was "no."
    All four face two counts of battery and one count mob action. No one has been arrested. The boys will receive notices to appear in juvenile court where a judge will decide their punishments.
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