BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) — After the shocking arrests of two middle school girls, the Superintendent of Barrington Schools is reaching out to families in the community.
The two girls, both 12 years old and students at Barrington Middle School, have been charged with felony assault and kidnapping.
Police say the two girls allegedly attacked, both physically and verbally, a 15-year-old girl for close to an hour at a sleepover on Wednesday night.
The girls are accused of choking the teenager, calling her names, and holding her down while repeatedly slapping her.
According to police, they broke a brush on her back, forced her to take off her clothes, and eat butter — before the teen was able to escape and run home.
Police arrested the preteens Friday and placed them in a juvenile center until their arraignment on Monday.
The two girls were then ordered to home confinement with their parents.
Meanwhile, parents in the community are shocked and in disbelief.
Parents received an email from school officials, saying in part,
As a school district we take these situations very seriously and continually work within our schools to promote a safe and caring environment for our students — school administrators and counselors are available.
Superintendent Michael Messore told Eyewitness News on Tuesday that every school in his district is proactive about discussing bullying, saying, “we do have safe schools. It’s unfortunate that this incident would involve the district.”