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Butler students suspended for setting fire in bathroom

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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.

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PrayN4U
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PrayN4U 11/04/11 - 08:35 am
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At the rate of students being

At the rate of students being sent to alternative schools, Richmond County will have no overcrowding in regular schools.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/04/11 - 08:58 am
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Perhaps we have found the

Perhaps we have found the highest use for Regency Mall. A prison school.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 11/04/11 - 09:13 am
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Fights at middle school are
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Fights at middle school are no joke, folks. Some 16 year olds are big kids!

Ashleyn1
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Ashleyn1 11/04/11 - 10:03 am
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Need a bigger alternative

Need a bigger alternative school sounds like!

iLove
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iLove 11/04/11 - 10:08 am
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Yall get real! 10-13 students
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Yall get real! 10-13 students DO NOT REPRESENT the whole. Is that even logical? There are THOUSANDS more students in RC.

What are YOU doing to help make the community better?

C'mon Willow.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/04/11 - 10:34 am
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ilove, I know there are a

ilove, I know there are a lot of really great kids and they out number the bad ones. But at the same time, you have to admit this kind of stuff is escalating. Other's shouldn't have to be exposed to it. Teachers don't get combat pay either. I really do, do my part and am open; if God decides to widen my territory, I am willing. Right now my focus is helping parents learn to take care of their own children.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/04/11 - 07:32 pm
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Many teachers in the RCSS and

Many teachers in the RCSS and other area public school systems are overwhelmed with curricular, disciplinary and clerical demands. They need and deserve our help if they are to be successul in preparing our kids for responsible, productive adulthoods.

Concerned adults should swarm our public schools with offers of help for our teachers. The success of many of our kids depends upon our so doing.

Talk is cheap. Put up or shut up.

Walk the walk. Don't just talk the talk.

Actions speak louder than words.

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 11/05/11 - 06:14 am
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We need mills to put these

We need mills to put these kids to work in. School is not a warehouse for inventory management, kids being the inventory. Schools are for people that want to be there. Some do not belong. Accept it. Fix it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/05/11 - 06:46 am
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DuhJudge, absolutely right.

DuhJudge, absolutely right. We have the most misguided policy when we attempt to keep kids in school who don't want to be there. We take their drivers license and other silly measures when they dropout when we should be encouraging all who want to leave to go to work. If anything help them find jobs where manual labor is needed and wish them well. They will be better off and the schools will improve tremendously in every way. Keeping kids in schools who don't want to be there is disruptive to all concerned.

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copperhead 11/05/11 - 07:50 am
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These poor poor children

These poor poor children being wrongly punished for just pranks! REMEMBER-IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN! All they need is love and understanding. Hug a child arsonist today and all will be fine!

Ashleyn1
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Ashleyn1 11/09/11 - 09:24 am
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Funny Copperhead! haha!

Funny Copperhead! haha!

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