Spring Valley High student charged in assault of other student, suspended during investigation

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WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Spring Valley High school student has been charged in connection with the assault of another student at the school, the Wayne County Sheriff's Department says.

The student is charged with assault, battery and conspiracy.

Two other juveniles have been charged in conspiracy with the case. One of those students filmed the video.

The incident happened Thursday morning at the school, and investigators were notified about it around 8:45 p.m. Thursday.

Video evidence shows "a student abusing another student who did not defend himself," according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

"You want them safe, you want to know when you send them out to that school or any school, they're protected at all costs," Wayne County grandparent Jan Jarrett told WSAZ. "I mean, what if that was my granddaughter, and that's what has got me so upset because I know what it is to be bullied and it breaks your heart."

Deputies were in touch with the Wayne County Schools officials and the prosecutor's office.

They also contacted the victim's guardian, who said the victim had been seen by medical personnel.

The suspect has been suspended pending the investigation.

Sheriff Rick Thompson and an investigator met Friday morning with school officials.

They later went to the victim's home and interviewed that victim. Several witnesses have been interviewed, as well.

Deputies say all the charges are misdemeanors and that the students will be charged as juveniles.

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