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Juvenile court briefs

January 18, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

Boy on probation for taking knife to school



A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court that he took a knife to school with him in September.

The boy was found with the knife Sept. 22 at Antietam Academy after he was asked by the principal to turn out his pockets, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the boy to serve indefinite supervised probation, the first 30 days of which were ordered on house arrest.

The boy was expelled from Washington County Public Schools for the remainder of the school year after the incident, a school system representative said.

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A state department of juvenile services representative said local case workers are working on a plan for the youth to get his GED.




15-year-old girl admits she struck a teacher



A 15-year-old girl admitted Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court that she struck a teacher who was trying to break up a fight between a group of girls in October.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the girl to serve indefinite supervised probation.

On Oct. 23, South Hagerstown High School Teacher Eric Tilmans helped another teacher break up a fight among three girls in a school hallway. As Tilmans was shielding the girl from the others, the girl "continued to push Tilmans trying to get back into the fight," Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said. Flores said Tilmans was scratched.

The girl's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Brian Hutchison, said the girl was punched in the nose by another girl and accidentally connected with Tilmans' chin while she was trying to make a swing at the girl.

"She did not actually intend to strike a school official," he said.

Beachley ordered the girl have no further contact with the other girls involved in the fight.

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