Hornell teen changes harassment story – arrested for falsely reporting

Robin Humphrey —  Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Hornell High School student has been charged by the Hornell Police Department after she allegedly made it up.

Haley McLean, 17, of 51 Bemis Ave., Hornell, was charged Monday afternoon by Hornell authorities with third-degree falsely reporting an incident. McLean claimed to police and school officials that she was being bullied and was punched in the face while at school.

The police and school officials reviewed hallway cameras in and around the area where she said it happened. They found nothing resembling McLean’s claim of being punched. When authorities spoke with her further, McLean then  told them it didn’t happen inside of school after all but instead outside of school while she was walking to her ex-boyfriend’s house. Police are now looking into that claim.

Last week, Rochester TV News station reported the accusation by the teen that she had been assaulted by another student at the high school. The reporter in that story interviewed McLean’s mother who said her daughter is bullied at school on a regular basis and gets no relief from officials. In that interview it was revealed they just heard about the accusations and they would be looking into the matter. McLean’s mother told the reporter her daughter suffered the same problems while she attended Canaseraga Central School and that is why the family recently moved to Hornell.  Published reports state they asked the mother how she felt about the turn of events. She said she stands by her daughter and “this is just a technicality.”

Third-degree falsely reporting an incident is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.

McClean was issued a court appearance ticket on the misdemeanor charge and was released.

The family said they have roots in the Geneseo area and they are making plans to move there.