Mother who broke into Florida school and hit son’s classmate with belt pleads guilty

MIAMI Cady Sewell says she’s learned her lesson.

On Tuesday, a 35-year-old mother pleaded guilty to charges of child abuse and trespassing at a school after she entered her son’s private Christian school in Florida and hit her classmate, 13-year-old Nehemiah Johnson, with a belt.

She apologized with tears in her eyes.

“I would like to apologize to my mom and also to her son,” Sewell said.

The May 2022 attack on Bethel Junior Academy, located at 32920 Redland Road, was caught on surveillance cameras.

After the attack, Nehemiah said that Sewell’s son had bullied him and said that the woman wanted to punish him for an earlier quarrel between two boys.

Nehemiah said she hit him with her brown belt before she calmly left the school. His mother, Zendre Pollard, said that Sewell’s son had “disgraced” her son.

“Your Honor, show Ms. Sewell that this is not normal,” Pollard told the judge on Tuesday. “Her actions have consequences.”

Sewell will not be convicted of a felony after she struck a plea deal on Tuesday. The judge sentenced her to one year of probation and anger management classes.

“I’m a little disappointed, but justice has been served,” Pollard told Local 10 News after the verdict. “When our children go to school, our children need to be safe.”

Sewell said she learned her lesson.

“The lesson from this is to think before you act,” Sewell told Local 10 News outside of court.

Sewell has since moved to Polk County.

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