Janesville student expelled for bringing knives to school

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Nick Crow
Friday, January 17, 2014

JANESVILLE — A Janesville high school student accused of bringing two knives to school has been expelled for the remainder of this school year and the entire 2014-15 school year.

The Janesville School Board voted this week to confirm the expulsion.

“I can't tell you any in depth information because we don't want to share any information that can identify the student,” said Director of Student Services Yolanda Cargile.

Cargile said that each potential expulsion is looked at using the same criteria but that a review of past behavior and the history of a student can factor into the decision.

“It depends on situations that arise,” Cargile said. “We use the same criteria, but each situation is looked at individually.”

This brings the number of expulsions for the 2013-14 school year to nine, compared with three at this time last year.

Cargile said nothing specifically could be attributed to the rise in expulsions.

“We don't want to expel students,” Cargile said. “We do what we can to keep them in school. If there is anything we can do to keep them in place, we look at that as well.”

The expelled student will have the option to apply for early reinstatement during the fall 2014-15 semester if he or she meets the following conditions:

— Attending an alternative school and continuing to earn credits.

— Obtaining a mental health screening and providing written confirmation from the provider indicating that the student gained insight into his or her behavior and is ready, willing and able to comply with school rules.

— Waiving confidentiality of Rock County Juvenile Justice probation file.

— Taking any prescribed medication.

— Submitting to searches of person or belongings for any contraband.

— No more criminal activity and obeying of house rules.

If reinstated early, the student must continue to take prescribed medication; submit to district's discretion regarding placement; participate in mental health counseling; regularly attend classes with absences and tardiness monitored; and maintain completed assignments, class participation and grades, among other requirements.

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