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Juvenile Court briefs

September 28, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Teen boy admits to punching classmate



A 17-year-old boy admitted in Washington County juvenile court on Wednesday to punching a classmate over his missed homework in April during class at Smithsburg High School.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, ordered that the boy serve probation - the first 90 days of which will be supervised - until his 18th birthday. The boy admitted to second-degree assault in connection with the April 19 incident.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said the boy became upset after learning that a classmate didn't do his homework. The boy believed the classmate's missed homework would prevent their teacher from taking class outside that day, she said.

Flores said the boy asked his teacher, "Do you mean we can't go outside because this (slur) didn't do his homework?" - a question he phrased three times, twice using a different variation of the slur and once using an expletive.

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After asking his questions, the boy ran over to the classmate, "struck him with his fist" and put him in a headlock, Flores said. The boy later said, "It's my fault. I instigated it," she said.

Flores said that since the incident, the boy and his classmate "are now friends." She said he wrote the boy an apology that seemed sincere.

Wright told the youth, "What's distressing me is not so much what happened ... but where it happened."

He explained to the boy that teachers are trying to conduct their lessons in "a calm atmosphere," without such disruptions.

"Tell me what a teacher is supposed to do with a guy as big as you," Wright asked the youth, who did not answer.

Wright also ordered the boy to serve 40 hours of community service.




18-year-old admits to marijuana possession



An 18-year-old man was ordered to serve 90 days of supervised probation after he admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court to possession of marijuana.

Remaining charges against the man were dropped in exchange for his admission to the charge, which stemmed from a June 7 incident.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said the man, who was a juvenile on June 7, was found at Funkstown Memorial Park with 38.10 grams of marijuana.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the boy to serve the first 30 days of his probation on community detention.

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