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Pasco: Administrator reprimanded over bullying incident

TRINITY— A Mitchell High School assistant principal has been verbally reprimanded for not intervening in a bullying situation that ended with a videotaped attack of a student being posted on Facebook.

The student, Chase Cristia, told assistant principal Jill Cortier last Friday that two girls warned her to "watch my back" on the school bus after Cristia, 16, defended a friend who was being teased. Cortier took a written report from Cristia, and told the girl to let her bus driver know of the threat, but did not take any action on the report.

Later that day, one of the girls beat Cristia on the bus while the other girl recorded the attack with her cell phone. The video was posted a short time later on Facebook.

On Thursday, Mitchell High School principal Jim Michaels reprimanded Cortier and reviewed district policy on dealing with threats with her, assistant superintendent Ray Gadd said. "That's what has been done," Gadd said, adding that no further punishment was expected.

Pasco: Administrator reprimanded over bullying incident 02/07/13 [Last modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 5:04pm]
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