A Florida circuit court judge banned a 14-year-old eighth grader from attending any schools in the entire county after she filmed herself beating up another student.
The teenager, who was not identified, was charged with aggrevated assault after she beat Aria Jewett, fracturing her skull, near their Oceanway Middle School two months ago. Judge Henry Davis’s ruling surprised even Jewett’s family.
"This child is a threat to all of the children at any school. The injunction is a permanent injunction barring this child from returning to any public school in Duval County," Davis wrote in the ruling.
“I tried to walk away. I didn’t even know it was coming,” Jewett told CBS.
Jewett said she was lured into the incident by the teen, a bully who had the beating videotaped on a cell phone while 30 other students looked on.
"She had everyone else videotape it," Jewett said. "She had the girl bring me over there. She probably had this planned."
She said the girl has a history of videotaping her assaults on at least five other students, adding, “She still never got expelled or anything.”
School district superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the judge went too far banning the student from any school.
"I don't think we should use the bad decision that children make outside of school as an example or scapegoat to make a message," Vitti said.
“Our goal is to return our client, a child, to a public school so she can complete her studies for this academic year,” the attacker’s lawyer told CBS in a statement.
Superintendent Vitti believes the attacker deserves another chance. "I believe the perpetrator should be provided the same opportunity," he said. "It's a tough decision, but my role as superintendent is to support the law."
A Florida appeals court suspended Judge Davis’ ruling, and the attacker could return to school as early as this week.