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Trial dates set for Harlow, Casey

Trial dates have been set for Central Middle School Principal Michael Harlow and Assistant Principal Tracie Casey.

Harlow’s trial has been scheduled for July 11-12. Casey’s is set for April 29.

On March 30, St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin charged Harlow and Casey with the Class A misdemeanor of violating the Safe Schools Act by failing to report an act of school violence.

The charge has been amended to a Class A misdemeanor of falsifying report or withholding information relating to investigation/report of school violence.

The charges alleged the administrators became aware of an act of school violence within the district, and failed to report it to law enforcement in a reasonably practical manner.

Missouri Safe Schools Act requires administrators to report an act of violence as soon as reasonably practical to the appropriate law enforcement agency. A Park Hills police officer, is assigned to Central as the school resource officer.

A few weeks after the investigation began, the 14-year-old boy involved in the alleged school violence pleaded guilty in juvenile court to the felony charge of second-degree assault, and he was placed on probation. The charge alleged he recklessly caused injury to a 12-year-old girl, causing her tailbone to be fractured.

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