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Video released of middle school beating

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Updated: 5/13/2013 3:21 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Video of a brutal beating involving local teens is making national headlines, and Action News has obtained that video.

The beating sent Aria Jewett to the hospital with a fractured skull.

It's clear in the video the attacker, who has been labeled a serial bully, is the only one throwing punches.  Jewett crouches on the ground trying to escape, but never really fights back.

At one point you can even hear what sounds like laughter from a group of kids who gathered to watch. 

The alleged bully has been charged.  Two others have been named co-conspirators.  A judge permanently banned the alleged attacker from all Duval County schools.  But last week, a Florida Appeals Court temporarily halted that ban while this case works its way through the court system.

Jewett's attorney John Phillips Tells action news he agreed to the temporary ruling -- saying there are complicated and important issues at play but says the judge's initial decision sent a message to the alleged bullies.

The 14-year-old suspect is charged with aggravated battery in juvenile court.  Phillips says the two co-conspirators, including one who did the videotaping of the fight, are just as guilty as the girl throwing the punches.
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