Three George P. Butler High School students were suspended after a fire was set and the school had to be evacuated, according to a Richmond County tribunal finding released this week.
The students cut class Oct. 4 and went to the boys’ room. Two of them lit paper on fire and placed it in a hole in the wall. Smoke spread throughout the building, leading to the evacuation and resulting in asthma attacks for three other students, according to the Oct. 14 tribunal hearing.
One of the two students who set the fire is in the special-education program. He was assigned to the Tubman Education Center alternative program for the rest of the school year. The other was suspended for the school year with the option to attend the alternative program in lieu of long-term suspension.
The third student, who accompanied the other two but was not implicated in starting the fire, was found the next day in possession of marijuana. He was suspended for the rest of the semester with the option to attend the alternative program.
The following are other findings from Oct. 14 tribunal hearings. Unless otherwise noted, students were given the option to attend the alternative program in lieu of long-term suspension:
• An Academy of Richmond County student charged with possession of a weapon was assigned to the alternative program while the criminal charge is pending. On final disposition of the criminal matter, a tribunal will be held to determine the student’s placement.
• A Richmond Academy student attacked another student in the hallway Oct. 4. He was suspended for the rest of the semester.
• A Richmond Academy student recently released from the Regional Youth Detention Center is on probation. He was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the semester, and then will be allowed to return to his school.
• A Glenn Hills High School student who was recently released from RYDC is on probation. He was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the term.