Deputies: Casselberry girl, 14, not attacked on way to school; wounds self-inflicted

By: Jason Kelly


SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - UPDATE: Deputies said reports of a 14-year-old girl who was attacked while walking to her bus stop in Casselberry are not true. 

The girl told deputies she was walking to her bus stop when a man approached her and slashed her arms and abdomen early Friday. 

By Friday afternoon, deputies said they learned the girl was not attacked and her wounds were self-inflicted. 

No other details were released. 



EARLIER: A man attacked a 14-year-old girl Friday morning while she was walking to a bus stop near Casselberry, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said.

The incident, which appears to be a "completely random attack," was reported at about 6 a.m. at South Eagle Circle and Daneswood Way near Sterling Park Elementary School, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said.

The Seminole High School student told investigators that she removed earbuds from her ears as she approached the bus stop and noticed a man closely following her, Cannaday said.

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Watch: Girl attacked while walking to bus stop near Casselberry

Deputies said the two got into an altercation and the girl received superficial wounds on her arm and a cut on her abdomen.

“At that point, she realized there was a male who was very close up upon her,” Cannaday said. “She turned around and a struggle took place.”

The girl ran home, where a sibling called 911. She was taken to a hospital as a precaution, investigators said.

"She was actually quite amazing in this situation," Cannaday said. "The fact that she had the wherewithal to fight her way through it and flee is probably what credits her for not being injured more seriously."

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Cannaday said investigators are still trying to determine what the girl was slashed with, saying that it was possibly a knife.

Seminole County Public Schools spokesman Michael Lawrence said the student attends a magnet program in the district.

"We ask that all our Casselberry families that have students (who) ride the bus, walk or bike to school to be extra vigilant this morning," Lawrence said.

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Watch raw footage of the scene below:

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Sterling Park Elementary School was placed under lockdown while deputies searched the area with K-9 units. The Sheriff's Office has increased patrols of the area.

The attacker, who remains at large, is described as tall and possibly black or Hispanic, deputies said.

No other details were given.

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