Students expelled for violations

PAT FRIDGEN

Five students were expelled from Greencastle-Antrim High School after the school board met in special session Dec. 9 to act on recommendations from the Student Discipline Committee.

A 17- year-old male junior was involved in bomb threats on Nov. 18 and 20, said principal Ed Rife. The school was evacuated for 45 minutes for the first one, but video cameras aided in quickly identifying the boy the second time. He was placed at Manito. At the end of the school year personnel from both schools will determine his placement for next year.

Four senior males, one age 18 and the others 17, were expelled for being in possession of and consuming alcohol before the football game Nov. 19. They were placed in alternative education programs and must attend the Franklin County Drug and Alcohol Reality Tour. They were expelled for the year, but if they participate in alcohol counseling and show proof to the school, their academics will be reviewed and they might be able to return to school second semester, Rife said.

All five are on social probation until the school year ends, which means they are not allowed on campus for any activities.

“We want to focus on education and a safe environment,” said Rife. “We want students to make good decisions and sometimes they don’t. It’s unfortunate.”