Richmond County students assigned to alternative program after facing criminal charges

Several students were assigned to the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program after they were charged with criminal offenses, according to Richmond County tribunal findings released this week.

Rule 32 of the Code of Student Conduct and Disci­pline applies to students who are charged with a serious criminal offense and whose immediate return to school could disrupt the educational process. The following students met the requirements of that rule, tribunal findings show:

  • An Academy of Rich­mond County student was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year. He was charged in a home invasion and robbery and spent 30 days in the Regional Youth Detention Center, according to a Dec. 8 tribunal finding.
  • A Lucy C. Laney High School student was assigned to the alternative program until the final disposition of a felony charge of robbery by force. Upon disposition of the criminal matter, a tribunal will be held to determine the student’s placement, a Dec. 14 finding shows.
  • A T.W. Josey High School student was assigned to the alternative program until the end of the third nine-week grading period. He was incarcerated for one year after being adjudicated on an aggravated auto theft charge. While incarcerated, he made good grades. If he has no issues in the alternative program, he will be allowed to attend his zoned school after the third grading period, according to a Dec. 14 finding.
  • A Langford Middle School pupil was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of this school year and the first semester of 2012-13. The pupil was incarcerated for 30 days after being adjudicated on a burglary charge and is on probation for 12 months.

The following findings are from Dec. 8:

  • A Josey student was separated from fighting another student, then punched a teacher on the side of his head and shoulder Nov. 16. The student was expelled for the rest of this school year and assigned to the alternative program for the 2012-13 school year.
  • A Morgan Road Middle School pupil was disruptive in class, told a teacher he was tired of him and pushed him in the chest Nov. 15. The pupil was suspended until the end of the third nine-week grading period with the option to attend the alternative program in lieu of long-term suspension.

The following findings are from Dec. 14. Unless otherwise noted, the students were given the option to attend the alternative program in lieu of long-term suspension:

  • A Laney student pushed his way past a teacher after he was told not to enter the band room Nov. 30. The student was suspended for the rest of the school year.
  • A Laney special education student was in possession of a pocketknife Nov. 17. He was suspended for the rest of the school year. The decision is subject to review of the special education team.
  • Four Josey students were involved in a fight that caused a major disruption to the school Dec. 1. Three of the students were suspended for the rest of this school year and the first semester of 2012-13, and the fourth was suspended for the rest of this school year.
  • A Glenn Hills High School student came onto the campus while he was suspended Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. He disrupted classes, evaded school officials and tried to board the school bus. The student was suspended for the rest of the school year.
  • A Glenn Hills High student did not give the school bus driver his name, then followed the bus driver in the school hallway and punched him in the jaw despite an assistant principal telling the student to stop. The student was expelled for the rest of his school career.

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