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Crooksville H.S. Student Pleads Guilty To Assault On Classmate

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A 16-year-old  girl accused of assaulting one of her classmates at Crooksville High School, causing her to be hospitalized with a severe concussion, was sentenced in a Perry County juvenile courtroom Tuesday.

The Perry County teen pleaded guilty to felonious assault and will spend 30 days in a juvenile detention center. She will also receive counseling, be forced to pay restitution for medical expenses, and attend an alternative high school for a year.

The teen is accused of assaulting 15-year-old Gracey Pettit causing her to lose consciousness during a fight at the high school in May. Gracey's family said the girl came up behind Gracey and slammed her head against the floor several times.

Gracey sustained a concussion and was treated at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The teen spent the summer on house arrest with an electronic monitoring bracelet around her ankle following the fight at school.

She apologized during her hearing on Tuesday.

"I'm sorry for the actions I made. I'm really sorry for it."

Gracey's mother, Kellie Pettit, says her daughter had said she was having difficulties with another girl at school.

"I assumed it was just another one of a little catty girl thing and it would go away," said Kellie.

Kellie said she just wanted to make sure her daughter's accused attacker was sent to a different school.

"It's at least a year away from her," said Kellie.

Family members of the teen who pleaded guilty to the attack say she was also bullied by her classmates. She has undergone counseling for depression.

Perry County Juvenile Judge LuAnn Cooperrider asked for the family to provide evidence of such bullying within the next 10 days.

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