A special-education pupil grabbed another pupil from behind in the locker room on March 1 and simulated a sex act. At a March 13 hearing, the tribunal ruled that action violated the Student Code of Conduct rule against illicit or immoral activities and sexual harassment.
The boy was assigned to the Tubman Education Center alternative program for the rest of the school year.
The Charlie Rape Gang is a group of five Lakeside Middle School pupils accused of sexually assaulting classmates by “dry-humping” them in February.
Two of the boys with a history of discipline problems were expelled by a Columbia County school system hearing officer during a March 7 hearing for the through the first semester of the 2012-13 school year. The other boys received additional days of in-school suspension.
A few similar incidents have occurred in Columbia County schools since reports of the group’s activities surfaced. This is the first publicly reported incident in a Richmond County school.
In a separate matter, an A.R. Johnson Magnet School student glued a vibrator to his teacher’s desk chair March 5 and activated it. The student was suspended by a tribunal panel on March 15 for the rest of the school year with the option to attend the alternative program in lieu of long-term suspension. He will return to his zoned school in 2012-13.
And in another incident, a Hephzibah Middle School pupil touched female pupils inappropriately, made inappropriate statements to them and disrupted class on Feb. 29. During a March 13 tribunal hearing, the boy was suspended for the rest of the school year with the option to attend Tubman.
In an unrelated matter, two T.W. Josey High School students were assigned to the alternative program after a tribunal panel determined on March 13 that they met the requirements of Rule 32 of the conduct code. The rule applies to students who are charged with a serious criminal offense and whose immediate return to school could disrupt the educational process.
Both students are charged with attempted burglary and damage to school property. They will stay at Tubman until the final disposition of the criminal matter, when they will be brought before a tribunal to determine their placement. One of the students is in special education.
In the following tribunal findings, the students were offered the option to attend the alternative program in lieu of long-term suspension unless otherwise noted:
• A Hephzibah Middle School special-education pupil showed a knife to other pupils on March 1. He was suspended by a tribunal panel on March 13 for the rest of the school year. The panel showed leniency because of the pupil’s good discipline record.
• Two George P. Butler High School students smoked marijuana at school on March 6. One was suspended by a tribunal panel on March 15 for the rest of the school year. The other, who is in special education, was assigned to Tubman for the rest of the school year.
• A Spirit Creek Middle School pupil got upset and pushed his teacher, who was standing in the doorway. He was suspended by a tribunal panel on March 15 for the rest of the school year.
• A Sego Middle School pupil came to school March 2 while on suspension, did not follow the principal’s orders and pushed the principal, knocking her to the ground. The girl was suspended by a tribunal panel on March 15 through the end of the 2012-13 school year. The panel showed leniency because of her age and grade.