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.