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Delinquent teen returned from Noyes

April 26, 2001

Delinquent teen returned from Noyes



By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

A 12-year-old Hagerstown boy found delinquent last month for the second-degree assault of a Western Heights classmate has been returned to his grandmother's home Wednesday after a month at a Rockville, Md., detention center.

"I learned a lot at Noyes," the boy told Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley. "I just want one more chance to go home."

No longer able to attend Western Heights Middle School, the seventh-grader will be assigned a new school by school officials.

Beachley placed him in the CHOICE program and ordered him to perform 20 hours of community service while on community detention.

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Rick Growden, the boy's juvenile agent, told Beachley that the boy has lived 10 of his 12 years with his grandmother and has never given her any trouble.

"He needs to get involved at the YMCA or the Police Athletic League," Growden said.

In addition to the assault on the classmate, the boy also was found delinquent for willfully disturbing and preventing the orderly conduct of the activities and administration of a secondary school on Feb. 28.

He was not found delinquent on a charge of second-degree assault against an instructional assistant.

That assistant testified last month that the victim was on the cafeteria floor and the defendant stomped his forehead with his boot, banging the boy's head into the floor.

The defendant also moved the victim's leg aside and kicked him hard in the groin, said Logsdon.

The 13-year-old victim testified he fought with another boy in the cafeteria first. While teachers were breaking up that fight, the defendant asked him why he hit his cousin, the victim said.

The assistant said she tried to pull the defendant off the victim, but he shrugged her off and at one point swung his arm back and clipped her.

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