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Three Teens Suspended for Forced Piercing

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FAYATTEVILLE, Ga. (WAOK) — Three teens in Fayette County have been suspended from school and face battery charges after they allegedly held down a 13-year old girl and tried to pierce  her belly button.

The incident happened Aug. 26 during lunch period in the courtyard of Fayette County High School.

Fayetteville police Detective Mike Whitlow said the 13-year-old had agreed to let her fellow students pierce her navel but had second thoughts when she saw the size of the needle to be used. The others allegedly went ahead with the procedure.

Other students saw what has happening and told an assistant principal who stopped the attempted piercing and contacted police.

An emergency medical technician checked out the 13-year-old, and she was fine.

One student was arrested as an adult.  17-year-old, Christian Tucker, was charged as an adult with battery, disruption of a public school and piercing the body of a person under the age of 18.

The two other students, both juveniles, also were charged with battery. The 13-year-old victim was also arrested and charged with disrupting school.

Police say body piercing has become an on-going problem on some school campuses.

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