Archive for Wednesday, February 16, 2000

School officials discipline students

February 16, 2000

Tonganoxie school administrators Tuesday morning expelled one student and suspended another, in unrelated incidents.

According to Richard Erickson, superintendent of schools, a Tonganoxie High School student was expelled in connection with an incident last week during which another student was hospitalized after taking a prescription drug.

The student who was hospitalized was given a short-term suspension of three days.

The student was expelled for the remainder of this semester for possessing and distributing a prescription drug, Erickson said.

"She'll be allowed to return next fall for the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year," the superintendent said.

Another student, this one a ninth-grader at Tonganoxie Junior High School, has been suspended for the remainder of the third quarter about five weeks for sending e-mails to another student that contain threats against the school.

"It was a general threat against the school," Erickson said. "I can say it was threatening statements, not toward any one particular person."

The superintendent said the school district would continue to take a hard stand in such situations.

"We take a zero-tolerance stance with both threats and prescription drug possession, or any kind of possession of a substance."

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