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BREAKING NEWS: AISD superintendent says student lied about assault
Athens Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes said Wednesday that a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Athens Middle School lied about being assaulted over a history project last week.
Hayes, speaking at a news conference with Athens ISD Police Chief Paul Redic, told reporters a school video surveillance system shows the teen, Melanie Bowers, inflicting scratch wounds on her arms and neck before walking into the office to attempt to call her parents.
Charges will be filed against Bowers with the Henderson County County Attorney's Office for making a false claim, Redic said.
Bowers told school officials last week she was swarmed by 21 Hispanic students and assaulted after she brought a poster to school declaring, “If you love our nation, stop illegal immigration.” She brought the poster to school for a U.S. History class project. Students were assigned the task of creating a poster expressing a message of political activism.
According to Hayes, Bowers is seen on surveillance video showing off her poster to several students in a hallway last Friday, just before she is seen injuring herself. One of the students yanked the poster out of her hand and ran into the school's gymnasium.
Three students were given in-school suspension. All three are Hispanic, Hayes said. Bowers is white. Hayes said one student was suspended because he destroyed the girl's sign. The other two were suspended for inciting their friend to destroy the poster.
Hayes said school officials are investigating whether they can take any action against Bowers at the school, such as a suspension.
The alleged incident became national news, with many media outlets using the incident as part of a discussion on illegal immigration.
Bowers has not attended school since the incident.
For more on the story, see Thursday's print and online editions of the Athens Review.
Friends of ALIPAC,
We are pulling the numerous articles about the little girl Melanie Bowers and her claim of assaults and threats by illegal alien supporting students at Athens High School.
We are also pulling the youtube news report video from our account.
In their place, we do plan to put the article that just came out in the last hour up and notify all of our supporters about this.
Authorities are charging her with filing a false police report. Her family has acknowledged the charges are appropriate according to KLTV 7 news which originally broke the story along with several newspapers.
ALIPAC cited three official news sources in our report to you. For the first time in our 3.5 years of operation we must issue a retraction because of new information we have just received.
You can read the full details below. Please forward this to anyone you contacted about the story.
Athens School 'Attack' Proven To Be False, Girl To Be Charged
The ALIPAC Team
Originally posted by 44soulslayer
Err... she made it all up apparently?
In that case, deport her to Mexico instead of the illegals.
[edit on 10-4-2008 by 44soulslayer]
This thread is a disgusting display of ignorance. All you people jumping to conclusions should be ashamed of yourselves. This is the second thread in the past 2 days I have read where people just make assumptions without evidence, its sickening.
Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
reply to post by 44soulslayer
She wasn't happy with the response that school officials were giving her, so she made up the story about being physically attacked.
[edit on 10-4-2008 by SpeakerofTruth]