A Hephzibah High School student who once again refused to turn over her cellphone to administrators was suspended for the rest of the school year, according to a recently released Richmond County tribunal finding.
She stole another student’s cellphone Dec. 8 and refused to give it to the teacher. This was her fourth disciplinary referral for refusing to turn over a cellphone. She was given the option to attend the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program in lieu of long-term suspension.
Two other students were assigned to the alternative program after being charged with committing crimes. A Hornsby K-8 School pupil was charged with burglary, obstruction of an officer and being a runaway. An A.R. Johnson Magnet School student was charged with burglary.
Both were found by tribunal panels to have met the requirements of Rule 32 of the Code of Student Conduct and Discipline. The rule applies to students who are charged with a serious criminal offense and whose immediate return to school could disrupt the educational process.
The following findings were issued during hearings held Jan. 11. All students who were suspended were given the option to attend the alternative program unless otherwise noted:
• A Westside High School special education student hit another student several times, causing a bloody nose and chipped tooth, on Dec. 13. He was suspended for the rest of the 2011-12 school year and all of 2012-13. This decision is subject to the review of the special education team. Another student who had originally been suspended in connection with this incident was found not to have violated the code of conduct, so his days were restored to him and he was allowed to make up his work.
• A George P. Butler High School student fought with another student Dec. 14, and a school safety officer was injured during the scuffle. The first student was suspended for the rest of the school year.
• A Butler student had a bottle of Robitussin with codeine, marijuana residue, a lighter, a cigarette and candy in his possession Dec. 14. He admitted to selling the candy at school. He was suspended for the rest of the school year.
The following findings were issued Jan. 5:
• Two Hephzibah Middle School pupils participated in writing a threatening note about another pupil Dec. 9, and one drew a threatening picture on the note. The pupil who drew the picture was suspended for the rest of the school year. The other pupil was assigned to in-school suspension for five days and placed on strict probation for the rest of the school year.
• A Hephzibah Middle pupil was in possession of a small amount of marijuana Dec. 12. He was suspended for the rest of the school year.
• Two Sego Middle School pupils intimidated and took money from another pupil in the restroom Dec. 12. Both were suspended for the rest of the school year. One of these pupils is in special education, and that pupil’s decision is subject to the review of the special education team.