Students punished for drugs, fighting

Taking inappropriate photos or videos of classmates, drug violations and fisticuffs landed several students in trouble, according to Richmond County tribunal findings made public Monday. Here are findings from tribunal hearings held March 11:

- A Butler High School student was suspended for the rest of this year and all of the 2011-12 year after he was seen smoking marijuana outside the gym Feb. 16. He was already on probation from a previous tribunal. He can attend the Tubman Center Alternative Program for 2011-12 in lieu of long-term suspension.

- Two Glenn Hills High School students were suspended for the rest of this school year and all of 2011-12 after they were found with oxycodone Feb. 28. There was evidence one of the students, who receives special services, was selling or distributing the pills. His decision is subject to review by the special education team. Both have the option to attend the alternative program.

- A Tutt Middle School pupil was suspended for the rest of this year and the first semester of 2011-12 after he pulled down a female pupil's shorts Feb. 28. He has the option to attend the alternative program.

- A Hephzibah Middle School pupil was suspended for the rest of the school year after she took a picture of a pupil undressing in the locker room Feb. 28, then posted the photo on her Facebook page. She has the option to attend the alternative program.

- A Spirit Creek Middle School pupil was suspended for the rest of the school year after he took video of a pupil about to use the restroom and posted it on YouTube on March 2. He can attend the alternative program.

- A Spirit Creek Middle pupil was suspended out of school for two more days and assigned to in-school suspension for 10 days after he fought another pupil and, during the fight, pushed a teacher into a bookshelf. The panel showed leniency because of the pupil's good disciplinary record and a lack of intent to harm the teacher.

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