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Field trip to Orlando surfaces in local bullying case

6:12 PM, May 30, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A field trip taken by 8th graders to Universal Studios in Orlando is being used in legal arguments in an ongoing school incident described as bullying.

In March, Aria Jewett was allegedly injured in an attack just before school started at the Oceanway Middle School. Three teenage girls were charged, one with aggravated battery.

The mother got a restraining order to prohibit contact between the girls.

This month Melissa Thomas says while on the field trip with her daughter the girl who was charged with battery was spotted. That girl who attends another middle school was on the same field trip.

"No warning absolutely, no warning," said John Phillips who represents the family of the alleged victim.

Phillips believes the school system at the very least should have contacted his client to let them know the other girl would be on the field trip to avoid any potential problems.

Nothing happened during the field trip as the girls never made any contact.

Duval County Schools spokeswoman Marsha Oliver said the district is not a party in any of the legal proceedings that have been in and out of court since April.

Oliver also said the district had no way of knowing the girls would be attending the same field trip.

The teen accused of battery originally was banned from all Duval County schools and on appeal a court reversed the ban only prohibiting the student from attending the Oceanway School.

Attorney Richard Brown who represents the family of the girl accused of battery says his client did not violate the restraining order as the two girls made no contact.    

First Coast News