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Teen pleads guilty to school assault

March 19, 2001

Teen pleads guilty to school assault



A confrontation in the South Hagerstown High School cafeteria last month led to charges against a 15-year-old girl who admitted hitting another student.

The teen pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault Wednesday in Washington County Juvenile Court in connection with the Feb. 7 incident.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Steve Kessell told Judge Don Beachley police were called to the school for a report of an unruly student.

Police learned the 15-year-old approached another student in the cafeteria and demanded money from her. When the victim refused, she was struck in the face, Kessell said.

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The defendant said she only asked the other girl for a quarter to make a phone call, a contention that was disputed by the victim in court Wednesday.

"She didn't ask for a quarter. She asked for a dollar and she said she'd beat (me up) if I didn't," the victim said.

Beachley ordered commitment to a group home which he suspended, and placed the defendant in her grandmother's custody. She was also placed on community detention for 45 days.

Beachley also ordered no alcohol, no drugs and no more attendance at South High. Counseling and an evaluation were also ordered.

- Marlo Barnhart

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