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A lunchroom aide was sentenced to a week in jail and put on probation on Monday for her role in the beating of a fourth-grader.
For the price of $1, Brooke Wilson-Johnson, 19, of Grand Rapids, MI., was able to get children to corner and attack their classmate. She was sentenced for a misdemeanor offense of aiding and abetting delinquent acts then transported to the Kent County Jail. Though Wilson failed to comment on the Oct. 7, 2013, incident, she did show that she comprehended the terms of her probation, and agreed to adhere to them.
Besides being mandated to serve time in jail, Johnson received a total of 12 months of probation, and was also fined $1,125.
Kent County District Judge Donald Passenger explained, “What makes your case unique is, of course, you are entrusted with the care of other people’s children and that is significant.”
“In this case, the conduct is particularly egregious, and I think you get that with hindsight,” he continued. “I think seven days in jail is probably enough to have the impact that we want.”
Wilson-Johnson has no prior record so she was sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, meaning her records will remain sealed, and if she follows the rules of her probation, which are reportedly standard, the charge will be removed.
Though Wilson-Johnson pleads guilty on Feb. 14, she originally denied paying three students to beat up one of their 9-year-old classmates. She allegedly wanted a child that had disobeyed her and called her a “pregnant b—-” beaten up. Thankfully, the victim did not suffer a physical injury. A letter citing the incident was sent home from Grand Rapids Public Schools to school families.
According to Grand Rapid Schools public safety office records, the victim who was not present in court with his family, was pushed, bumped, thrown out of a seat, and had his food taken.
The victim’s mother, Stacy McLain, said, “I believe this will teach her a lesson. I would have been happier if she was also required to take parenting and anger management classes because people need more than punishment.”
Wilson-Johnson began working at Campus Elementary in 2013, and was also fired that same year. She has not released any information since beginning her legal proceedings.
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