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Mother of stripped Idaho girl speaks out

Three North Idaho students could face criminal charges after they stripped the clothes off of another student. That girl's mother spoke exclusively to KHQ about the incident.
/ Source: KHQ-TV

Three students from Kellogg High School in North Idaho could face criminal charges after they stripped the clothes off of another student. That girl's mother spoke exclusively to KHQ about the incident, and her side of the story.

Heidi Hershly says her 17-year-old daughter was asleep on the bus ride back from a softball game against Potlatch, when three of her teammates assaulted her and ripped her clothes off.

"They literally took her bra off, pulled her pants off, ripped her underwear off her body, left her naked, and she wrapped a blanket around herself," says the mother.

Hershly says she is furious that it took the school 3 days to notify her, and that the girls aren't being punished more harshly. She also claims the parents of the other girls are not taking the incident seriously.

"They're sweeping it under the carpet, they don't think their children did anything wrong, says Hershly." I want them to put themselves in my daughter's shoes. She's embarrassed, she's humiliated, she's afraid and doesn't want to be alone… they should be ashamed of themselves."

The school suspended the girls, kicked them off the softball team, and didn't allow them to attend prom. However, right now the girls are still enrolled in the school.

"I am demanding that those girls get expelled from school," Hershly said. "It's not fair that my daughter has to walk through the hallways and look at those girls after what they've done to her. If they learn a lesson the hard way maybe they'll think twice about doing something like this, it will keep them from making a bad decision as adults."

The three girls involved may face battery charges, which is more serious than a charge of bullying. The schools superintendent says the ongoing criminal investigation could bring further disciplinary action against the girls.

Reporter Gaby Fleischman contributed to this report.