Expulsion hearing for Spring High students
Updated On: Sep 18 2013 05:57:42 PM CDT
Authorities said more than a dozen students at Spring High School are facing expulsion after the deadly stabbing that took place on campus earlier this month.
An expulsion hearing took place Wednesday morning at the high school.
The district, along with Spring ISD police officers and Harris County sheriff’s deputies launched an investigation into the gang activity surrounding the school and community.
According to detectives, gang rivalry was the motive behind an altercation that led to the murder of 17-year-old Josh Broussard and the stabbing of three other students on September 4.
"To date, approximately 26 students violated the Student Code of Conduct at Spring High School and were placed in a disciplinary alternative education program. Not all of those are related to the incident on Sept. 4 or affiliated with gangs," a Spring ISD spokesperson wrote in a statement released to Local 2 Wednesday afternoon. "Every student and parent has the right to due process. The process is clearly stated in Policy FNG and FOC, which allows them to file an appeal."
Click here to access these policies online.
Community activist Quanell X told Local 2 Wednesday morning that 75 students are facing expulsion because of their affiliation with gang members.
“By what standard are they identifying these known gang members? By what standard are they classifying these students as known gang members? Remember these are kids who haven’t been in trouble in school here in Spring ISD. These are kids, some are A and B students,” said Quanell X.
One father said he was notified last week that his son had been seen in pictures on social media sties with known gang members. He questions the district's proof.
“Any time his grades dropped, he picked them back up," said parent Esko Shepherd. "He has teachers that will testify he doesn't get in trouble in Spring. He doesn't hang around a lot of people. All he does is his work. He comes home, he lets us know what he is doing and makes curfew, and doesn't get in trouble."
There will be another meeting on Friday. Then, the district will present the evidence they have.
Until then, the students and parents are forced to wait for answers.