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Appeals court hearing triggered by Jacksonville bullying case

5:32 PM, Nov 5, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A case that a local mother describes as bullying is still in the courts as the First District Court of Appeals on Wednesday will hear arguments on whether a student can be banned from public schools.

Melissa Thomas's daughter, Aria Jewett, was attacked in March at a local school by another girl while other girls recorded the attack near  Oceanway School on cell phones.

"She lost a lot of friends because of it. She doesn't know who to trust or who to believe anymore because of it," said Thomas while attending a Anti Bully Boot Camp, recently sponsored by First Coast News.  

The attacker was originally charged with felony battery. The charge later was reduced to a misdemeanor. 

Circuit Judge Henry Davis who handled the case banned the teenager charged with throwing the punches from attending any public school.  That decision was later reversed on appeal.

The appeals court will hear arguments on whether the reversal follows Florida law. The hearing will be held at the Florida Coastal School of Law.

The mom whose case is being used in the appeals review says she has learned a lot since her daughter's attack in March.

"Stand up for your children, stand up for yourself. That's what I am doing," said Thomas whose daughter is no longer attending school in Duval County.

First Coast News

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