Assistant Principal Says Story of Girl’s Attack “Holds No Water”

Marc Sheltra and his daughter Stephanie

Marc Sheltra and his daughter Stephanie

This is an ongoing story and may be updated.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

The assistant Principal of Coral Springs High School wants to set the record straight about the student who was attacked by another student last Thursday.

“The damage has been done on a story that holds no water,” said Assistant Principal Michael Marhefka. “No one has any evidence, knowledge, witness, not even the young lady herself  [knows] as to how this happened.”

“There were probably six different staff members that spent time with her [Stephanie] immediately after the incident, myself included, and other than her having some red eyeballs from crying, I saw nothing wrong with her.”

Stephanie's injuries after the attack at Coral Springs High School

Stephanie’s injuries after the attack at Coral Springs High School

Marhefka said she gave a statement to the School Resource Officer and never once mentioned that she was attacked or injured.  The one teacher that spoke to her immediately, after the fight, asked her if she was okay, and she never made any mention of it.

Her father Marc Sheltra disagrees and said they had a witness. Stephanie’s friend who we won’t name here, accompanied her to the ROTC area when he picked her up that afternoon and she said she saw it all, but she didn’t know who it was. Sheltra gave her name as a witness to the SRO. “While he was looking at my daughter’s face which was starting to show the damage,  he said, ‘I didn’t see any of that and I didn’t know,’  and I said, ‘well you didn’t ask.’”

Marhefka said he’s not sure who this person is and on the video that he viewed, insists there’s no evidence of anything. 

“I’m not saying she wasn’t injured, but was she injured on our campus during that incident? I don’t have any proof or evidence of that. Nobody does.  Nobody seems to have anything.”

He said the SRO is diligently working right now and is speaking to a lot of people. 

Bruise on arm after attack.

Bruise on arm after attack.

Coral Springs Police Captain McKeone agrees with this statement as well. “They have no evidence this girl was attacked at the school. We’re not saying anything didn’t happen.  She’s saying she was attacked.”  He said that the SRO looked her over and did not see these injuries on her after she was attacked. 

Marhefka isn’t denying that this didn’t happen on the campus, “I’m not denying it, I’m just saying there’s no evidence proving it did or didn’t.”  He said she spent time with her, the SRO, the security specialist, two teachers, two other assistant principals and all of those people saw nothing visibly wrong with her and she did not report that she was attacked. 

Sheltra disagreed. “She was in shock, She just saw her best friend pummeled and her mind was on her friend.”

Marhefka said the school wasn’t aware she was injured until the father brought it to their attention the next day. “Whatever happened to her is awful,” he said. “But at the same time I don’t know when and where that happened and nobody seems to know.”

Marhefka said that the boy that attacked the other student on the video was arrested and recommended for expulsion to the school board.

Stephanie was admitted into the hospital on Sunday night due to vision problems and headaches and is on pain medication as well as observation.  She said she had difficulty writing her version of events on the statements that they made her fill out as she was shaking so much and doesn’t recall what she wrote at the time.

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  • Glades Hawker

    This is why teens don’t talk, and why they commit suicide. Everyone is too scared to come forward, that it may happen to them, etc. Coral Springs you are a disgrace! Disgusting!

    If you look up the history if the violance of that school, you will see that there is an awful track record there.

  • Chris

    Because bruises show up instantly?! Instead of trying to help figure out the problem, this moron is trying to dodge a lawsuit, which inevitably will create one. I went to Springs High and it was a shit show. I would never put my kids in any of those school. Especially with people in charge like this that don’t take this type of stuff seriously. Instead of going on defense this is when they should be setting an example and showing strength by showing zero tolerance. Bullying is one thing, but a boy beating up a girl is completely different. Expulsion along with jail time is mandatory. I’m sorry but I wold end up in jail, because I would kick the shit out of the kid who did this to my daughter!

    • David

      This was once one of the best schools in Broward county and the reason why people wanted to move to our town. I’m disgusted by the changes in Coral Springs through the years from a suburban “city in the country” oasis to nothing more than west pompano. Damn shame.

      • Glades Hawker

        This is actually why her father and I moved there. To give her the best chance at a good education.

        • Patsy Barrett

          Glades Hawker can you get a company that makes cameras to donate cameras to cover every square foot of that school? Has anyone tried that? If you had a letter signed by many parents (how many students in the school?) I would think you would be able to find a company to do it for the publicity. There is somebody among you parents who knows how to make things happen. Make it happen and the school won’t have excuses. It would only take one person to monitor the cameras, do NOT take no for an answer.

          • Glades Hawker

            Thank you. This works great for private schools, unfortuantely lublic schools have a internal protocal. I’d put a camera out of my own pocket in that hallway if they’d let me.

  • nvlo

    “she spent time with her, the SRO, the security specialist, two teachers, two other assistant principals and all of those people saw nothing visibly wrong with her and she did not report that she was attacked”
    I’m seeing several comments of how horrible the school is, but what else should they have done? Forgive me for being cynical, but this story didn’t develop until the father ‘was told’.
    As I commented in the other article, there are many parts of the story that just don’t add up. Especially the picture of her ‘bruised’. There is immediate swelling after any injury to the face, period. Again, this pic looks like Halloween makeup with no swelling observed.
    My hopes are that the truth comes out.

  • noneofyourbuisness

    Lets face it this girl has a history of lying according to her peers for no evidence to be truly brought up to link it to being even near the school it is not credible. For all the public knows this child fell off her bike and rolled down a hill. Put the story together if you can. Its a new type of murder mystery #roasted

    • Glades Hawker

      You must goto school there or you are part of the school. Thats a lot of information to have.

      • noneofyourbuisness

        The realization is you don’t have to know her for long to get a feel for her persona. I don’t go to school at springs thank God. But in all honesty and realness speaking for all those who know her. This is not adding up and her lies in past years only make it seem like the boy who cries wolf. She’s lied so often even if this did happen as it has been shown to the public we can’t help but feel as if we’ve been duped again. If it happened or not a lot of her “friends” aren’t supporting her through it simply because she hasn’t earned that respect yet.

      • noneofyourbuisness

        The realization is you don’t have to know her for long to get a feel for her persona. I don’t go to school at springs thank God. But in all honesty and realness speaking for all those who know her. This is not adding up and her lies in past years only make it seem like the boy who cries wolf. She’s lied so often even if this did happen as it has been shown to the public we can’t help but feel as if we’ve been duped again. If it happened or not a lot of her “friends” aren’t supporting her through it simply because she hasn’t earned that respect yet.

        • Glades Hawker

          So you are a classmate. I know you said you weren’t, but we know certain things. Keep talking…

          • noneofyourbuisness

            What’s to keep talking about? All I did was put my two sense in. This is public forum why not show a side that parents don’t see. I’m longer a classmate. And with all the things that seem to radiate around her I’m glad im not. We are the class of 2019 we are of the age where we can legally drive. We need to make life choices and we choose to not let someone else distort our view of what the future could be. Fact of the matter is she lies. Supposedly in fourth grade she was beaten by her father and locked in closets. Sixth grade she was raped in seventh she was a szphorenic who was always off her meds and in eighth she was the emo/thug who never stopped saying “nigga”. Thankfully I’m away from anxiety causing lying crap. Its time we grow up trend shows she hasn’t. End of story. No more request from a mother thank you.

          • Glades Hawker

            You sound really angry towards her…Do you have proof? I do…I”ll call your hand to the table, little girl.
            Someone spread these same exact same rumors about her all the way through school. She over came all of it, and she will this. Are you the person who has been bullying her from the start??? You “know” so much. Keep talking…I love it!

          • noneofyourbuisness

            Funny usually the “victim” doesn’t start the rumor. If only you could see what we saw. You only get what she told you. Did she tell you about the time that she got me put into a mental institution because of a text she sent herself from my phone? How about the time she told me to suck her dick then threatened to “socially destroy me” I’m not angry. I’m honest. You can’t see what we do. Not trying to be rude and I’m sorry if I came off that way but fact is, you don’t understand why we dont believe her and if you cant sympathize with theother side of the ststory then your looking at the whole thing wrong. We get it it’s your kid. Doesn’t change what she’s has done.

          • noneofyourbuisness

            And don’t worry channel 6 has already heard this side of the story. A forum of 12 of her peers formally put that in. Thank you I’m off to do my homework

          • Glades Hawker

            You know you lied right? This only helps us, thank you.

          • Glades Hawker

            I know who you are…this explains a lot. I’m sorry for you. Best wishes.

          • Big Bob

            You go girl.

          • Big Bob

            Sounds like Stephanie turned him down for a date once and this is payback. Ignore these creeps. She looks like a lovely young lady. She will overcome this. Her “friends” won’t.

        • Glades Hawker

          So you are a classmate. I know you said you weren’t, but we know certain things. Keep talking…

  • Glades Hawker

    Update

    • Anonymous but concerned peer

      I was reading the comments on this article and I as well knew steph. She has a hobby of doing special effects makeup in her spare time. And on the topic of the rumors, she spread them herself. You can ask the former Seminoles class from margate middle. She was known to start rumors and lie. It may come as a shock but it is very probable that she started all the past rumors you discussed. I would do anything for steph but this is ridiculous. If something else happened, that’s what should really be stated. In the fight video, she is only seen once trying to “diffuse” the situation. Other than that, witnesses have said that she only stood at the entrance of the hallway. If she had in fact been attacked by another student, that info would have been circulated through the school as well as the rumor of the initial report. I know this is an upsetting situation but the proof has been laid. Mr.Marhefka is doing exactly what he should be doing. To bash him and say that he is not doing a sufficient job is crass and hippocrative. All staff of the broward county school board have their limitations. If someone was to try and do something, they could do no more than what he did. To bash the school as well for the actions of individual students is not appropriate either. With all due respect, they are doing what they can to find out what actually happened. Please consider this since this story has been becoming more and more shady.

      • Big Bob

        Did you not see her father’s update regarding concussion? Is that “makeup” also? Shame on you.

        • Anonymous but concerned

          She may have gotten a concussion from the separate occasion I discussed. Her eye is not swollen in the slightes in the picture on the original article. To say “shame on me” for clearly stating a fact that is important to note when consulting the legitimacy of this whole thing. There are two sides to consider in this and it’s time to see them. Something clearly happened to give her the concussion, but there is no evidence to link it to the events at school. The statement that she made about being thrown into a concrete wall is a lie since there is no concrete walls upstairs in our school. There is a student that I know who was elbowed in the eye and he is a perfect example about how her eye was clearly covered in makeup. His eye was swollen shut for a week and a half. If the initial incident had indeed occurred on Thursday, there is no possible way that her eye would look the way it did. There would clearly have to be swelling around the place of impact. And for her statement of being hit with the force she described, the would have to be evidence of bruising on her eye socket. Additionally, the “blood” on her face falls a little too perfectly in the spots that she put them. As well as them being perfect, there was no cuts or scrapes on her face to indicate a source for them. So you can shame me all you like, but the hard fact is that her story is not matching up to the physical evidence being presented to the media. So again, it’s important to consider the legitimacy and both sides of the argument. I hope she feels better with the concussion, but I also hope that the full truth is revealed soon too

          • Big Bob

            She is in the hospital with a serious concussion and her parent’s lives are turned upside-down and they are filled with grief and anger. Hang your head in shame for your rumor-mongering and uncaring attitude about another human being. Do you have a sister? Mother? Go stew in your own hate.

          • Anonymous but concerned

            I was never giving hate, I was simply posing a theory and opinion supported by large quantities of factual evidence. There is a reason I said that the truth comes out soon because I OBVIOUSLY CARE. I was never posing any hate whatsoever. I stated before how I love steph and would do anything for her. I have met her dad and he is an amazing person too. I have no hate against any member of the sheltra family. I understand that this is a stressful situation. A concussion will heal and steph will be A okay. For you’re information I have 3 sisters and 3 step moms so I know what it’s like to be worried and scared when something happens. They also have stretched the truth in the past as well. That does not change the fact that the truth needs to come out. I was never posing any hate. The only time there was hate on this post was when you became hostile twords and opinion that is different from your own. So before you tell me to hang my head in shame is incredibly rude to me since I was merely stating an OPINION. And for the fact that you had called me a “rumor mongering” person is also incredibly disrespectful. You are the one who needs to hang their head in shame since you decided to find the pride in yourself to attack another individual for, once again, STATING AND OPINION.

          • Big Bob

            Fine, I get it, you were stating an opinion and I was hateful. I am duly shamed and I apologize. But you don’t know what it’s like to have children and I was only suggesting that your opinion and all the evidence you claim to have should take a backseat to the yoke of human kindness for two parents who are going through hell right now. If you have any idea who or how or why this happened to Stephanie you should search your heart and go with your father or step-mom to the police and tell them what you know, not what your opinion is. First things first. She has a concussion, she’s in the hospital. Pray for the her and her parents and give the police any information you might have as to who the attacker(s) was/were.

  • Km Profightr

    Kind People have been adding to the reward. $1,500.00 cash leading to arrest of the person or persons involved. you will remain anonymous.

  • JustStatingFacts

    I was reading the comments on this article and I as well knew steph. She has a hobby of doing special effects makeup in her spare time. And on the topic of the rumors, she spread them herself. You can ask the former Seminoles class from margate middle. She was known to start rumors and lie. It may come as a shock but it is very probable that she started all the past rumors you discussed. I would do anything for steph but this is ridiculous. If something else happened, that’s what should really be stated. In the fight video, she is only seen once trying to “diffuse” the situation. Other than that, witnesses have said that she only stood at the entrance of the hallway. If she had in fact been attacked by another student, that info would have been circulated through the school as well as the rumor of the initial report. I know this is an upsetting situation but the proof has been laid. Mr.Marhefka is doing exactly what he should be doing. To bash him and say that he is not doing a sufficient job is crass and hippocrative. All staff of the broward county school board have their limitations. If someone was to try and do something, they could do no more than what he did. To bash the school as well for the actions of individual students is not appropriate either. With all due respect, they are doing what they can to find out what actually happened. Please consider this since this story has been becoming more and more shady.

  • kid_you_not

    See Colin Flaherty’s recent video about this!

  • DumbPeopleWithSmartPhones

    It’s all good trying to appeal to neighbors and anyone who might have
    information as to what happened during this incident. I hope the
    parents find someone who is willing to come forward and help identify
    the assailant(s) and clarify what happened here. It’s very sad to see
    parents having to deal with this, in today’s day and age. But after
    everything (the article, the comments and responses) I think we can all
    agree there is some information not being stated about the incidents
    which occurred. Whether it was the victim, or her friends or relatives, I
    think we’ve reached a point that the family just needs to evaluate the
    stated truths in this incident, as well as the collected evidence, from
    all parties involved and other sources. Physical diagnosis is very hard
    to argue – such as one being diagnosed with a concussion – although it’s
    highly doubtful that a group of faculty would lie about a child’s
    bruises. In addition, those who knew the victim firsthand, and have
    posted comments here, have provided additional information for others to
    glimpse into the world of the victim, around the time of this incident.

    Lastly, I started to watch Colin Flaherty’s video mentioned
    here in the comments. If you believe that rhetoric about black kids vs
    white kids vs other kids, then you probably believe we should ban all
    Muslims from entering the United States as well. After all, it’s a group
    that’s threatening what you consider normal, right? Got a bad orange,
    so let’s throw out the whole batch right? Common sense is the same for a
    judge as it is for a criminal right? Colin whatever his name is, is
    just making youtube videos for views, which in turn become subscribers
    which in turn make them money from ad clicks on their You Tube channel.
    Guess what you idiots, this country was founded on illegal immigration.
    Quite literally actually, the people came on the Mayflower,
    undocumented, and took this country. This guy will tell you –
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90U2IqXEvSM

  • anonymous

    They have nothing to do with any racial commentary that is being imposed on this incident. They are fully supportive of people living in peace and have no hate against anyone.