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Southern Nash High pays $30K to settle student's throat-slashing suit

Posted December 7, 2016

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— Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools has settled a lawsuit over a 2012 throat slashing at Southern Nash High.

In March 2012, 15-year-old Jasmine Hicks attacked 16-year-old Jasmine Barnes with a scalpel.

Barnes needed emergency surgery and therapy. She filed a civil suit in 2015, claiming school administrators should have seen Hicks as a danger because of her disciplinary record. The principal, Connie Bobbitt, said the two girls had a previous run-in.

Her family settled the lawsuit for $30,000.

Hicks pleaded guilty to attempted murder and served three years in prison. She was released on parole in September.

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  • Larry Alston Dec 7, 8:38 p.m.
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    So, the girl that was convicted of attempted murder was released before the victim got a settlement from the school. (?) Seems to me like the guilty one should shoulder some financial responsibility.