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One of the young Kentucky women charged in the attack and attempted murder of a lesbian classmate was released from jail, posting a $25,000 bond.
Jackson County High School student Ashley Sams was released Wednesday, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. She and her friend Corrine Schwab, both 18, along with an unnamed 17-year-old, were arrested and charged with kidnapping fellow student and friend Cheyenne Williams. Authorities say the assault, which was allegedly captured on a cell phone camera, also involved them trying to push her off a cliff at Flat Lick Falls on Friday, the National Day of Silence. Williams eventually escaped.
Her mother, Deanne Williams, said they were trying to push her off the cliff because she is a lesbian. She also told WLEX News that her daughter is too scared to go to school and that she will not attend the last two months of classes, but she will graduate on time with her class.
Kentucky State Police sergeant Matt Feltner told WKTY News that the incident was "not a hate crime." He added that police are also investigating whether the assault was a prank.
Schwab was released on Wednesday on a $25,000 bond. She and Sams will be arraigned on Monday.