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.