Weapons, contact with teachers lead to suspensions, expulsion in Richmond County

Two students were removed from their regular schools after they were found in possession of weapons, and three others were suspended after they came in physical contact with teachers in separate incidents, according to Richmond County tribunal findings recently made public.

On Oct. 11, a George P. Butler High School student interfered with and cursed at a school safety officer handling a situation with another student. The interfering student was found with a pocketknife. He was suspended for the rest of the school year with the option to attend the Tubman Education Center alternative program in lieu of long-term suspension, according to an Oct. 24 tribunal finding.

The same day at Glenn Hills High School, a student was found with a carbon dioxide pellet gun and knife in the locker room. He was expelled for the rest of the school year.

On Oct. 10, two Cross Creek High School students got into a verbal and physical altercation with a third student. The first student refused to calm down and hit a teacher in the mouth while swinging wildly. That student was suspended for the rest of the year with the option to attend the alternative program.

The second student was suspended for the rest of the semester with the option to attend the alternative program and will be placed on probation for the second semester. The third student was not disciplined in the incident.

On Oct. 6, a Cross Creek student repeatedly threatened a teacher and smacked away another teacher’s hand. He was suspended for the rest of the school year with the option to attend the alternative program in the second semester.

On Oct. 10, a Butler student left class without permission. She dropped a stack of hall passes on her way out. When she returned to class and realized the teacher had the passes, she yelled at the teacher and grabbed her hand. The student was suspended for the rest of the school year with the option to attend the alternative program.

Three other students were removed from their regular schools after they were convicted of crimes.

A Cross Creek special education student was convicted of a felony in Florida. He was assigned to receive home-based services for this school year until he graduates.

Two Glenn Hills Middle School pupils were convicted of aggravated assault and burglary. They were assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year.

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