Deputies say they have closed the books on a possible assault at a middle school.
Pitt County deputies began investigating the alleged assault last Monday at Hope Middle School after a 12-year-old girl said she had been assaulted.
Deputies now say the assault never happened. Investigators say the child is "remorseful that her actions caused such a panic with school officials and the community."
Deputies say they are now conferring with juvenile services to determine appropriate actions against the juvenile for filing a false report.
Deputies are investigating the possible assault of a student at a Pitt County middle school.
School system spokeswoman Heather Mayo says deputies are at Hope Middle School. Mayo said at this point they can't say what type of assault took place.
A Sheriff's Office spokeswoman confirms that several investigators are at the school.
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