Sheriff: Bismarck-Henning bullying probe finds no evidence of crime

BISMARCK — The Vermilion County Sheriff's Department has investigated an alleged bullying incident at Bismarck-Henning High School this week but found no evidence of a crime, according to Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn.

School district and law enforcement officials are not releasing details of the incident, but Hartshorn said the department received a complaint this week from the alleged victim, and the department investigated the allegations but found no criminal charges and has referred the case back to the school as a disciplinary matter.

"We think that it is a school disciplinary matter, not a criminal offense," said Hartshorn, who added that the police report taken in the case cannot be released, because those involved are juveniles.

Bismarck-Henning Superintendent Scott Watson said the students involved in the incident have been disciplined by the school district. Watson would not reveal how the students were disciplined or any details of the incident, how many students were involved, their ages or their genders.

He said the incident happened earlier this week at the high school, and discipline was handed down by school administrators this week. By law, student discipline cases are confidential.

Watson said the parents of the students disciplined have the right to appeal the discipline to the school board, and they have made that request.

The school board will have the discipline hearing at a special board meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the district office, 17268 East 2750 North Road, Bismarck.

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billbtri5 wrote on February 04, 2012 at 8:02 pm

if someone bullied one of your deputies it would be a crime....I thought it was up to the States
Attorney to determine that anyway...