FLORIDA: Circuit Court Judge Henry Davis banned a 14-year old girl from all public schools in Duval County following the attack on another student. The attack hospitalized eight grader Aria Jewett who suffered torn membranes surrounding her brain and cerebrospinal fluid leakage.
Jewett’s attacker lured her off campus and slammed her head against a stone wall, fracturing her skull then pinned her to the ground landing repeated blows. Jewett estimates 30 others gathered to watch the assault, and some spectators memorialized the event by shooting video on their cell phones.
The severity of the beating prompted Davis to write in the injunction, “This child is a threat to all of the children at any school.”
But not so fast. School officials say the judge overstepped. All students, including the accused, have the right to a public education under Title IX of the state’s constitution. An appellate court agreed suspending Davis’ injunction clearing the way for the student to return to school. No decision yet on where the student will go.
The 14-year old has been charged with aggravated assault and according to Jewett has attacked others. If convicted in juvenile court, her seat in a public school may be replaced by a state run detention school.