Manchester school official points to 7 weapons cases not brought to conduct committee
Langton is chairman of the Student Conduct Committee, which holds hearings that determine whether a student is expelled from school. She first raised her concerns at a school board meeting last week.
Langton said she’s learned that among the cases not referred to the committee were seven instances in which students brought weapons to school. Five involved knives, one a BB gun and another a Taser.
At the same time, state law gives superintendents the discretion to weigh circumstances in deciding whether to refer cases for expulsion. They also have the authority, without consulting a school board, to order suspensions of up to 10 days. Administrators are also not allowed to refer special education students for expulsion hearings.
Asked to respond to the concerns raised by Langton, Assistant Superintendent David Ryan sent an email on behalf of Superintendent Debra Livingston.
At last week’s school board meeting, Ward 10 member John Avard echoed Langton’s concerns.
The board voted to refer the matter to the Coordination Committee on a motion from Ward 1 member Sarah Ambrogi, who said the district’s code of conduct was due for a review.
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