Cross Creek student suspended for buying knife

A Cross Creek High School student was suspended for the rest of the year and the first semester of next year for buying a knife on the way to school, hiding it in a drain at a bus stop and retrieving it after he got off the afternoon school bus to go home March 23, according to Richmond County School System tribunal findings recently made public.

The student, who receives special services, was given the option to attend the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program in lieu of long-term suspension. The decision is subject to the review of the special education team.

The following are findings from tribunal hearings held April 13 and April 17. All students were given the option to attend the alternative program instead of facing long-term suspension unless otherwise noted:

• A Glenn Hills High School student hit another student in the hallway, and a second student then hit the same student on March 27. The first student hit the victim because “he was angry and just hit the first person he saw,” according to the tribunal report. The second student joined in because he is a friend of the first student. Both students, who receive special services, were suspended for the rest of the 2011-12 school year and for 2012-13.

• A Sego Middle School pupil wrote a threat on another pupil’s paper March 9. The pupil was suspended for the rest of the 2011-12 school year.

• Two Academy of Richmond County students engaged in sexual activity in the boy’s restroom March 23. One of them receives special services and was suspended for the rest of the 2011-12 year and for the first semester of 2012-13. The other was suspended for the rest of the 2011-12 year and was shown leniency for being truthful and accepting responsibility for her actions.

• A Langford Middle School pupil was in possession of marijuana March 28. The pupil was suspended for the rest of 2011-12 and for the first semester of 2012-13.

• A Hephzibah High School student admitted to threatening another student, taking out a black bandana and claiming he was a member of the Folk Nation gang March 29. The student was suspended for the rest of this term and for the first semester of 2012-13.

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