CARROLLTON, KY (WAVE) – The Carroll County schools' superintendent said the district doesn't have a safety problem after a video showed students attacking a classmate on a school bus.
"There are no issues with our safety," Superintendent Lisa James said. "(Parents) have to know that all of our administration, along with our staff, our bus drivers, everyone that's an employee for Carroll County Schools, is a champion for kids."
A bus driver told WAVE 3 News earlier in the day that it's sometimes difficult to control 65 to 80 students aboard the district's buses.
James declined to say whether the three girls, including two assailants and one who shot video of the attack, remained students in the district.
In response to questions, she said repeatedly that she couldn't comment about how district administrators would punish the girls.
"What I can tell you is that we're following the student code of conduct and district policies," James said.
Dave Foster, whose 13-year-old daughter was beaten and temporarily hospitalized, said the girls had picked on his daughter for two years. The attack happened over a boy, he said.
Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite said Tuesday he would recommend misdemeanor assault charges against two of the girls and a complicity charge against the third. Charges had been filed by Thursday against the juveniles, Foster said.
School board members didn't mention the attack during the public portions of their board meeting Thursday.
James denied that the district has a bullying problem, despite Foster's claims that the girls were bullying his daughter.