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Misdemeanor Filed Against Treasure Mountain Junior High Student


A misdemeanor assault petition was filed Monday against a Treasure Mountain Junior High Student. The ninth-grader shown in a viral video of a student assault last week is facing a Class B misdemeanor stemming from that incident.

Tania Mashburn, public information officer for the Administrative Office of the courts, confirmed the petition and explained that in juvenile court, charges are called petitions.

She said penalties for such offenses vary.

“In general, because we don't know what his penalties are going to be yet, just generally speaking, the youth is likely to get some combination of a fine community service probation for three to six months, or perhaps some type of intervention such as an anger management class or something like that,” Mashburn said.

After an investigation by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the Summit County Attorney sent the petition to the juvenile court Monday.

KPCW does not report the names of minors who have not been convicted of a crime.

A video shot by students and shared on Snapchat last Thursday showed one student pushing another head-first into a trash can, then pulling him out and slamming him to the ground.

The Park City School District responded with a video message from Principal Caleb Fine, an email to families of TMJH students, and a lengthy letter from the Board of Education to the school community.

Student discipline actions and records are protected under the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act. However, the board in its letter and follow-up comments repeatedly stressed that schools follow a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, weapons and other violations of the education code including improper use of social media.

The student facing the charge will next appear at a hearing; a date hasn’t been set for that yet.

Michelle, who joined KPCW in 2021, arrived in Utah in 2018 by way of Massachusetts, where the skiing was icy and the mosquitoes formidable. A former daily newspaper reporter and editor (at the Visalia Times-Delta in CA) and columnist (at The Cohasset Mariner in MA), Michelle has been a writer and editor for decades. She holds a journalism degree from CSU Fresno and has worked as a journalist, freelance writer and web content creator, reporting extensively on education and youth along with general assignment and breaking news.