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Published November 26, 2013, 09:26 PM

Moorhead School District says they followed policy after student claims she was assaulted

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The Moorhead School District says "policy was followed," when a student claimed she was assaulted in school.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The Moorhead School District says "policy was followed," when a student claimed she was assaulted in school.

It's an update to a story we first brought you Monday night.

First off- the report is supposed to be immediate and in this case was.

On the other hand, the mother says consequences have been anything but immediate.

So we talked with Moorhead Schools who said they've followed policy to the T.

Lynn Kovash/Moorhead Superintendent: "It's giving the picture that Moorhead schools is not a safe school."

Monday night's board meeting wasn't the first time Moorhead Schools heard about the assault.

In fact, Superintendent Lynn Kovash says that since it was reported by on November 12th, the senior high did take action.

Kovash: "Is everything handled quite right, we have to investigate and look at that as we do with any incident."

What that action is, we're not allowed to know.

Kovash: "We have to protect their names, they're minors."

So in hopes of finding justice the mother - Natalie Smith Carlson is spreading the word.

Jay Thomas: "Jay Thomas show hour number two."

On WDAY 970 - Natalie explained what happened to her 16-year-old daughter.

Natalie Smith Carlson/Victim's Mother: "And he squeezed her neck as hard as he could from the back."

She says both she and her daughter were promised the attacker would suffer punishment.

Smith Carlson: "That was what was so interesting was the teacher said, was "you know the beauty of it is that we don't really have to worry about what's going to happen next because there's a process and we just let the process happen." "

But according to the Natalie, that never happened.

So what is the policy Moorhead is supposed to follow?

School officials say, one a parent will be notified of the incident.

Two, those at fault will see a suspension.

And last, authorities will be notified.

Superintendent Kovash says despite hear-say,

Kovash: "This was the first instance of reported assault."

The school has followed each step very carefully.

Kovash: "We are trying to protect those kids. We also work very hard at keeping our students safe. We've had a lot of programs on bullying prevention and I don't want one incident to take away from all the work that's been done."

Moorhead Schools say they're looking into what they can improve on.