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USC says students disciplined

By Staff | Oct 23, 2011

At least two United South Central High School students were disciplined for fighting on school grounds, but district officials aren’t saying how.

“We took the appropriate measures we needed to,” says Superintendent Jerry Jensen. “It was an in-house policy issue.”

School Board members did not discuss the matter during their monthly meeting held Tuesday night.

Jensen says the Minnesota Pupil Fair Dismissal Act and Data Privacy Practices prohibit release of details.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with a felony-level assault charge and 15-year-old girl also faces a felony-level charge.

The charges stem from an incident involving another juvenile male that occurred on Oct. 6.

Jensen, the high school principal and school liaison police officer conducted their own investigation.

Under the 2011-12 student handbook, a student may be suspended from school for one day by the principal, or two to five days following a brief hearing.

Expelling a student requires board action after a hearing has been held.

During his court appearance, the 16-year-old boy pleaded innocent to a felony-level third-degree assault charge. His attorney also requested a court trial.

To read more of this article, see this week’s Register.