School officials discipline students
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."