Archive for Wednesday, April 18, 2001

Sixth-grade student expelled for threats

April 18, 2001

A sixth-grader at Tonganoxie Elementary School has been expelled for threatening the school principal and a teacher.

Richard Erickson, superintendent of Tonganoxie schools, said the youth threatened to shoot principal Jerry Daskoski, as well as an elementary school teacher. The expulsion covers the remainder of the school year.

"He will be allowed to return to school in the fall when classes start in August," Erickson said.

The student is taking classes in Leavenworth, through the district's special education program, the principal said.

Police were called in connection with the incident, which occurred about two weeks ago, Erickson said.

Police Chief Ken Carpenter said he could not comment on a case involving a juvenile.

The superintendent said that the district takes threats very seriously.

"We don't have a lot of tolerance for threats, and we really don't have a lot of tolerance for misbehavior," he said. "We want to create an educational atmosphere where students can learn and teachers can teach. We've got to take a hard line on threats, a tough stand on it, and hold students accountable for their actions."

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