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A Starpoint High School student was charged with third-degree assault Saturday for allegedly punching a classmate in the school Friday.

Sara A. Bender, 17, of 4583 Plank Road, Town of Lockport, was charged with hitting another girl in the face at 8:05 a.m. Friday in a school hallway, according to Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Paul Perkins.

The attack followed an argument over a mutual male friend, he said.

The victim was treated by a school nurse for a bloody, scratched and swollen nose and was sent home so her parents could take her to a doctor, Perkins said.

Sara was suspended from school, he said.

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