Sorry kids, but unlike Illinois where the legal age is 18, in the state of Missouri, you can be charged as an adult at 17. St. Charles County prosecutors have brought felony charges against Jordin Carter, 17, who is accused of stalking, threatening, and tracking down her young victim to her school cafeteria at Francis Howell School District. Additional charges might be brought against the school district for negligence among other charges. Reportedly, the victim practically begged school administrators for help but she was either ignored or not taken seriously.
According to Prosecuting attorney, Tim Lohmar, the Saint Charles County Police have viewed video surveillance which reportedly shows Carter and two younger classmates attacking another student in the lunch line, as well as punching the victim in her face, dragging her to the ground and then forcefully pulling out her hair. However, the school is reluctant to release to video to the authorities without a subpoena.
“This is the kind of stuff that wouldn’t be tolerated anywhere in society, much less in a school.” Lohmar said, “We can’t allow that to happen.”
-- Tim Lohmar, prosecutor
Officials with Francis Howell said they have no choice in whether or not they can release the video due to student privacy laws. Despite the charges, the school did not suspend or expel Carter, who was allowed to return to class the next day. They have not commented on why Carter was allowed to attend classes despite felony assault and aggravated stalking charges.