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DCPS weighs in on "serial bully" case

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Updated: 5/31/2013 11:11 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Aria Jewett's on-camera beatdown by a classmate at Oceanway Middle School made national news. The beating led to the attacker's arrest and her subsequent ban from all Duval County schools.

An appellate court later allowed the attacker to attend a different school and instituted a no-contact order between the two girls.

So how, then, did the two girls wind up on the same field trip to an Orlando theme park?  It's a question we took to Duval County Schools spokeswoman Marsha Oliver.

She said, "The injunction requires two things. One is that the students can't contact each other. And two, that they can't attend the same school.  And it's my understanding that at that particular amusement park, they did not violate that injunction in any way."

Jewett's attorney, John Phillips, begs to differ. He says his 14-year-old client and her mother were blindsided when they saw the attacker on the field trip. He says DCPS is over-protecting the attacker, and under-protecting the victim.
Phillips said, "Here's a girl, again, with aggravated battery charges pending, hanging out with how many people's kids?"

In the meantime, another video has surfaced that shows Jewett's attacker beating up another girl. Phillips says it proves the girl is a serial bully.

But because the courts are now dictating how and where the attacker should be educated, Oliver says the district has no other option but to follow court orders, which don't prevent the attacker from going on field trips.
Oliver said of the March beating of Jewett, "The incident, again, happened off campus,which does not allow us the opportunity to take disciplinary action as it does if that particular incident had actually happened within the confines of our school."

Phillips says it's possible this case could lead to a lawsuit.

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pattimelton - 6/4/2013 1:31 PM
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It seems to me that DCPS is more concerned with coddling the bullies instead of protecting the victims. The victims are no longer allowed to fight back when attacked by a bully without facing the same punishment as the bully. Our children who are bullied need to be protected from the bullies or allowed to fight back without being punished for defending themselves. DCPS has given the bullies the go ahead to continue by punishing the victims that defend themselves.

nativejax - 6/1/2013 5:24 PM
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It was probably mommy dearest holding the camera.

angels072258 - 6/1/2013 1:28 PM
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Bullying should not be rewarded by going on a field trip or other pleasure activities regardless of the situation. The attacker should be disciplined by the parents. There are many ways to correct this situation and DCPS needs to work on this and not allow the attacker mere pleasure.

whosaysnocan - 6/1/2013 10:47 AM
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Have not read nor seen anything about this bully's parents/guardians. Wonder why that is? Who is responsible for her? Should it be found that it is indeed a violent person, it should be placed somewhere that it cannot harm another person. It is understandable that it has the "right" to an education. But to put it where it is able to be a threat hampers the rights of the decent kids. DCS is just circling their wagons to protect themselves from litigation. Shame on the school system. I am looking forward to what the outcome will be as the school year is about over and these girls are heading to high school. I suspect the bully will be in the news again. Unless it gets the help it needs to over come its propensity to violence.
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