MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office will not charge any of the students involved in the Oct. 6 alleged choking incident.
In a press release on Monday, the Hennepin County Attorney stated, “There is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the suspects intended to harm or assault the victim.”
Three seniors at Armstrong High School were suspended after the Oct. 6 incident, in which another student was choked. All three have returned back to school, as of Monday.
One of them, an 18-year-old student, spent that weekend in the Hennepin County Jail. The two other juveniles were handcuffed and led away to the county’s juvenile detention facility. All three were suspended from school for at least 45 days, accused of playing a choking “game.”
The three boys were horsing around with another student and choked their friend until he lost consciousness. They say they weren’t doing it to feel high.
The student briefly passed out and was sent to a local hospital to be checked out.
Several hundred students gathered after the incident, angered by the apparent heavy handedness of the district and school administrators.