In Reginald Lewis teacher beating case, girl not guilty of 2 of 3 charges
I just heard from my colleague Justin Fenton at the juvenile courthouse. The girl charged in the Jolita Berry beating was cleared on the two most serious charges against her: criminal assault and school violence.
She was found guilty on the third, lesser charge of disrupting school activites.
Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Smith said that he found both sides credible -- and that both sides acted deplorably. He could not determine who was at fault for starting the brawl.
UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. Here's a statement from Marietta English, head of the Baltimore Teachers Union: "This is terrible. It’s unfortunate that the judge saw it this way. It sends the wrong message to our students, now they will feel they can get away with just about anything in the classroom.”