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Appeals court halts countywide ban on alleged Duval County school bully

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Updated: 5/09/2013 7:54 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An Florida Appeals Court has stayed a countywide ban on a 14-year-old Oceanway student accused of bullying a fellow classmate.

John Phillips, the victim's attorney, says the appeals court has not reversed the Duval County decision, but has temporarily halted a ban on the student attending schools in the district.

Phillips says "The appeals court issued a very temporary stay of the complete ban from Duval County schools until it can be worked out through the courts. We actually agreed to the temporary ruling. There are very complicated and important issues at play. Nothing was reversed. The suspect can't go to Oceanway, but can resume school in Duval County until we can formally hear the issue. As we've said from the beginning, the judge went further than we requested, sending a message to the bullies and system."

The 14-year-old suspect is charged with aggravated battery in juvenile court.

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czare - 5/12/2013 7:06 PM
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I believe banning this person is ansd was the best decision on the part of the initial Judge. This person had & has a history of violance. Do we wait until she kills a student before it is realized that she has a severe problem. Home schooling si the best solution. Let her beat up on her parents. The school system here has an un documented history of just passing these future criminals just to get them out of the school sysmtem. The BAN on this person needs to remain in effect. It would be a terrible mistake to allow this person back into any public school.

ASSSS - 5/12/2013 6:55 PM
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I think the teachers should have to start refereeing the fighting and children that are getting bullied should get no protection at all because the bullies need second, third and fourth chances until the bullied children finally consider suicide. (Has the superintendent turned on the national news lately? Has the court? Really.)

Old Dog - 5/9/2013 8:21 AM
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If the courts won't protect our children then it is up to the parents to do so and in my opinion if I was the parent of the girl this little thug beat up, I now would have every right to put a bullet in her head if she ever got near my daughter again.

scooter11 - 5/9/2013 7:28 AM
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Apparently, public schools are supposed to allow any miscreant through their doors. That being the case, the schools must be held accountable. I'd like to see a few schools set up within prisons, as half the "diversified" students would probably end up there, anyway.
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