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Janesville School Board expels student for fighting

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Frank Schultz
May 5, 2011
— The Janesville School Board last week expelled a high school student who was accused of substantially battering another student.

The student is expelled through his or her 21st birthday, which would keep the student from ever returning to district schools.

However, the student is allowed to apply for reinstatement as early as Sept. 1 if certain conditions are met.

Those conditions include getting counseling, complying with any probation rules imposed by the court and placement in a school of the administration’s choosing.

Director of Special Education Services Barb Hilliker said the battery occurred during a fight.

She said that on the advice of legal counsel, she could not say how serious the victim’s injuries were or how they were inflicted. She did say no weapon was involved.

The district restricts most information about expulsions to comply with state and federal laws that forbid them from even indirectly identifying students involved disciplinary matters.

If the student is reinstated, he or she must continue with counseling, take any prescribed medications and maintain satisfactory attendance, behavior and schoolwork.

Failure to comply could result in the expulsion taking effect.

This brings to 10 the number of expulsions this school year, compared with 23 at this time last year.


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