A mother has criticized authorities after older students tied up her son with an electrical cord in an alleged bullying incident at a Minnesota school.
Nicolette Rochefort was shocked Friday when she saw a Snapchat image of her 15-year-old son bound with electrical cord, his hands behind his back and his hoodie over his head during class at Osakis High School, and took to Facebook to express her anger.
Her Facebook post has gone viral, being shared more than 13,500 times with many commenters expressing disgust at the image, but no criminal charges will be brought because a police investigation concluded that her son was a willing participant in the act.
Rochefort described this claim as "ludicrous" to the Alexandria Echo Press, saying: "It was forced. This class was a daily battle of bullying for him."
In a separate posting on Craigslist, Rochefort says a teacher was present while her son was tied up by three students aged 17 and 18, and the only reason he was untied was because a fire alarm sounded. She calls for the students to be expelled and the teacher fired.
She also claimed the students whipped her son on the back with cords, the Echo Press notes.
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Osakis Police Chief Chad Gulbranson told the Osakis Review that the Douglas County Attorney's Office decided not to press charges after he turned over the results of his investigation.
"As horrible as the picture looks, it was determined that there was nothing criminal involved," he told the newspaper.
Although no criminal charges will be brought, the school could take disciplinary action against the boys involved.
Superintendent Joe Broderick told the Echo Press school leaders are investigating the incident, saying: "I can say that we as a district always investigate allegations of student or staff misconduct, and we take corrective action when misconduct is substantiated."
"No other student should have to go through this and have to feel like school is not a safe place to be," Rochefort told Valley News Live. "So, something needs to change."