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Board: Racial harassment led to expulsion

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
April 15, 2010
— A Janesville high school student accused of racial harassment and threats has been expelled, but the school board is giving the student a chance to come back.

The board Tuesday voted to expel the student for more than a year—through the end of the 2010-11 school year. He could be back in school in September, however, if he complies with certain conditions.


Two of the conditions are writing an apology to the victim and getting counseling that addresses diversity and bullying.


Most expelled students are given a chance for early reinstatement.


The district does not identify expelled students, but the Gazette reported Monday the case of a Parker High School student who used repeated racial epithets and suggested to a black student that he be hanged.


The Parker student faces a charge of disorderly conduct as a hate crime in Rock County Court. The student pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday. A jury trial is to be scheduled.


The student’s mother claimed in a letter to the Gazette that the victim in the case also verbally harassed her son, but Janesville police have no record of such an incident.


The school board expelled three other high school students Tuesday. They are:


-- A student accused of battering another student, expelled through the end of the 2010-11 school year. This student could earn reinstatement by enrolling in counseling that addresses anger and violence, taking prescribed medicine, enrolling in the TATE or TAGOS programs if space is available and complying with terms of probation.


-- A student accused of battering another student, expelled through the end of the 2010-11 school year. The student is not eligible for reinstatement, but reinstatement may be reconsidered if he or she enrolls in counseling.


-- A student accused of possessing marijuana with intent to deliver on school grounds, expelled through the end of summer school this year. He or she may be considered for early reinstatement after obtaining a drug/alcohol assessment, enrolling in the district’s Prime for Life course, complying with probation and enrolling in TAGOS or TATE if an opening is available.


If reinstated early, this student must submit to unannounced drug screens and searches.


This brings to 22 the number of expulsions this school year, compared with 25 at this time last year.



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