Students charged with fire, drugs in tribunals

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A fire started in a school restroom, drug and weapon possession, and incidents that injured a couple of teachers got several students in trouble, according to Richmond County tribunal findings made public Monday.

Here is a list of notable tribunal findings, listed in order as presented by the school district.

Unless otherwise noted, suspended students were given the option to attend the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program in lieu of suspension.

The first set of findings is from tribunal panels held March 7:

- A Langford Middle School pupil was suspended for the rest of the school year after she had received 16 disciplinary referrals as of Nov. 19. Despite the implementation of a behavior plan, the pupil continued to be disruptive.

- A Tutt Middle School pupil was given homebound services for 30 days after he knocked a teacher down on his way out of the classroom on Feb. 17. The pupil, who receives special services, will undergo a review after the completion of the homebound period.

- Two Tutt pupils were suspended for the rest of this school year and the first semester of the 2011-12 school year after they stole an iPod and a cell phone from the principal's office on Feb. 3.

- A Glenn Hills High School student was suspended for the rest of this school year and the first semester of 2011-12 after he set fire to a soap dispenser in the boy's restroom on Feb. 16. The smoke caused the gym, chorus and band areas to be evacuated.

- A Butler High School student was suspended for the rest of the school year after he was caught smoking marijuana in the student parking lot on Feb. 23.

- Two T.W. Josey High School students were disciplined after one of them brought a knife to school on Feb. 18. A female student gave the knife to a second student and asked the student to hold the knife for her until later. The second student gave the knife to a third student, who did not know there was a knife wrapped in paper towels. The first student was suspended for the rest of the school year and was placed on probation for all of 2011-12. The second student was given time served and placed on probation for the rest of the school year.

These findings are from tribunals held March 10:

- A Tubman Education Center student was suspended for the rest of the school year after he brought a large amount of cash to school on Feb. 24. When an administrator noticed a small baggy with a green, leafy substance on the student's person, he ran off campus. While running, the student collided with a school safety officer and broke the officer's body camera. The student has not returned to school. He may return to his regularly zoned school in 2011-12.

- Two students were barred from Academy of Richmond County after school administrators learned they had been charged with felony burglary involving another Richmond Academy student because their presence would substantially disrupt the learning environment. They were assigned to the alternative program pending final disposition of the criminal charges.

- A Glenn Hills High School student was found with a dental floss container that contained marijuana on Feb. 28. Based on school administration's recommendation, he will be allowed to attend the Youth Challenge Academy at Fort Gordon. If he does not attend or complete the program, he will be suspended for the rest of the school year with the option to attend the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program.

- A Josey student was suspended for the rest of the school year he left an in-school suspension room, then forced his way back in, breaking the teacher's glasses and overturning desks on Feb. 24.

- A Sego Middle School pupil was suspended after school administration became aware on Feb. 25 that he was in a gang and had been criminally charged with burglary and possession and discharging a firearm. He was suspended until additional information regarding the criminal charges can be obtained.

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CABoatright 04/05/11 - 07:39 am
-Sego Middle School & already

-Sego Middle School & already a gang member...suspended til more info is obtained.
-Tutt Middle School student knocks teacher down....will undergo a review of "special services" after completion of his homebound period.
OMG! Maybe all the above need some "Special Services..."

corgimom 04/05/11 - 08:19 pm
People talk about how poorly

People talk about how poorly public schools educate students. Public schools educate children just fine; the education is there for the taking, free to all. Millions of children are educated in public school. But public schools have never adjusted to the type of children that too often are in our public schools today- violent, antisocial, disruptive, and sociopathic.

No amount of money, no program is ever going to fix them- because no one can control another human being. The only ones who can change these kids' behavior is the children themselves. A whole lot of them have parents that can't control their own lives, let alone their childrens', and this is the result. Children who are out of control can't learn, period.

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