3 Westside High School students suspended for smoking marijuana on the way to school

Three Westside High School students were suspended after they smoked marijuana on the way to school, according to a Richmond County tribunal finding recently made public.

One student was suspended for the rest of the school year and the first semester of the 2012-13 school year for the Jan. 23 incident. Another student was suspended for the rest of this school year. Both were given the option to attend the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program in lieu of long-term suspension, according to a Feb. 3 tribunal finding.

The third student was suspended for 10 days, time he had already served, and was placed on strict probation for the rest of the school year. The tribunal panel showed leniency because of his disciplinary record, which had been “perfect” before this incident, the finding says.

The following tribunal findings are also from Feb. 3, and pupils were given the option to attend the alternative program in lieu of long-term suspension unless otherwise noted:

  • A Murphey Middle Charter School special-education pupil refused to go to class Jan. 23, used profanity with teachers and administrators, and charged a teacher in an attempt to knock her down. The pupil was suspended for the rest of the school year. This decision is subject to review by the special education team.
  • A Hephzibah Middle School pupil with a disability responded with a suggestion to “Shoot my teachers!” on Jan. 10. The pupil was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year.

The following findings are from Feb. 6. Students were given the option to attend Tubman in lieu of long-term suspension unless otherwise noted:

  • A Cross Creek High School student was suspended for the rest of the school year after being identified as a chronic disciplinary problem student, despite interventions.
  • A Hephzibah High School special-education student refused to turn over his cellphone Jan. 26 and told the assistant principal she would be dead. He was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year.
  • A Hephzibah Middle special-education pupil used profane and threatening language about another pupil in the office Jan. 24. He was suspended for the rest of the school year.

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