Student suspended over reaction to gang term

A Tubman Education Center student became outraged when his teacher used the word “crab” during class May 1 and grabbed the teacher and tried to slap him, according to Richmond County School System tribunal findings recently made public.

The teacher tried to stop him, and they fell to the ground. The student was upset by the word “crab” because it can be used as a derogatory term toward members of the Crips gang, according to the tribunal’s finding.

The student was suspended for the remainder of the 2011-12 year and the first semester of the 2012-13 year but will receive special education services during the suspension, as required by law.

The following findings are from tribunals held May 8 and May 15. All students were given the option to attend the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program unless otherwise noted.

• A Tubman Education Center student rode a mo-ped onto the Collins K-8 School campus and taunted the students at recess May 3. The Tubman student did not have permission to be at Collins and was suspended for the remainder of the 2011-12 year and assigned to the alternative program for the 2012-13 year.

• On May 2, a Lucy C. Laney High School student showed a gun and bullets to three students and threatened to shoot two students. The student was expelled for the rest of the 2011-12 year and the 2012-13 year and assigned to the alternative program for the 2013-2014 year.

• On May 9, a Glenn Hills Middle School student found a lighter, lit a piece of balled-up paper and put it in his desk because “he could not get it out.” The student was suspended for the rest of the 2011-12 year.

• A Hephzibah High School student brought a homemade knife made of glass to school April 24. The student was suspended for the rest of the 2011-12 year and the first semester of the 2012-13 year.

• An Academy of Richmond County student was in possession of a small amount of marijuana, a marijuana pipe and Vyvanse pills April 30. The student was allowed to take his year-end exams and, if he is not eligible for graduation, will be suspended for the 2012-13 school year.

• Two W.S. Hornsby K-8 School students came to school while on suspension April 26 and stole other students’ shoes while they were in P.E. class. Both were suspended for the rest of the 2011-12 year and the first semester of the 2012-13 year.

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