JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - While the attorney for a 14-year-old accused of beating another student unconscious questions the decision, Judge Henry Davis says he banned the girl from any Duval County school because has an obligation to do what he can to make schools safe.
Police say one day last month before school at Oceanway Middle School, Paris Cannon dragged a fellow 14-year-old girl by the hair, slammed her head into a stone wall and punched and slapped her. The victim, Aria Jewett, suffered a skull fracture and concussion.
Jewett (below in photo from hospital) says the fight started because Cannon though she was being called names on Facebook.
Jewett's attorney says Cannon is known for posting videos online showcasing her fights with fellow students, calling her a serial bully.
"Children ought to be able to go to school and feel safe," Davis said. "They should not have to worry about being beaten up, given physical injuries, permanent injuries at their schools. The schools belong to everybody and not just one person or one group of people."
Cannon's attorney called the ruling astonishing.
Brown says Cannon's parents live out of state and the teenager lives with her older sister, who works to support them both. She can't home school her or afford private school.
Brown said he is planning to appeal the judge's ruling.
"While we're working through that process, a child has a right to have an education, irrespective of what it is they're charged with doing," Brown said told Channel 4's Hailey Winslow.
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