Four teens expelled after Carbondale beating
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Four of seven teens charged with felonies in a Jan. 29 assault on two Carbondale women were expelled for one year from Roaring Fork District schools following hearings on Tuesday.
A fifth student who was already under expulsion faces a hearing Thursday, and could be expelled for an additional year, Superintendent Judy Haptonstall said.
The youths, ranging in age from 13 to 16, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault following the attack on two women, ages 24 and 26, as they were walking along Second Street toward downtown Carbondale around 8 p.m. Jan. 29.
According to Carbondale police, the women were attacked from behind and beaten by three teenage girls. The girls allegedly made off with one of the victim’s purse, and jumped into a waiting vehicle occupied by four males.
The suspects were located a short time later in the City Market parking lot in Carbondale.
One of the students who was expelled Tuesday had attended middle school before being suspended after the incident, and three attended high schools in either Carbondale or Glenwood Springs, Haptonstall said.
“It’s pretty uncommon to have five expulsions at one time, especially based on something this violent and horrendous,” Haptonstall said. “It was something we thought was the right thing to do.”
Another of the suspects reportedly attended school in Aspen, and another was not currently attending school, she said.
The expelled students will be allowed to continue their education either by taking online classes, or attending expulsion school, held during the evening hours at the Bridges Center in Carbondale.
In addition to being expelled, there’s a chance the juvenile suspects could be charged as adults. The district attorney’s office is currently reviewing the case, however District Attorney Martin Beeson cautioned that no rash decisions will be made.
“The power of the district attorney to file charges against a juvenile as an adult should be used with discretion, and sparingly,” Beeson said. “We do our best not to abuse that power.”