HARRISON, Ark. -- The school board permanently expelled three students from the Harrison School District for several bad actions at its meeting on Tuesday night.
According to the Harrison Police Department, the three girls, a 13 year old and two 15 year olds, were singing loudly on a school bus on January 3. The lyrics were not appropriate for a school setting, so the bus driver asked the girls to stop. They refused.
The bus driver called for back up. Soon after, the school resource officer and the Harrison Police Department arrived. That's when the situation escalated. The girls attacked the bus driver. He was bitten in the incident. The officers were also attacked. One officer sprained an ankle in the incident.
The superintendent could not confirm or deny the incident, as the board of education meeting was closed. However, Dr. Melinda Moss says the three students were disciplined for a list of things, including assault or battery, inappropriate language, and defiance of authority toward a bus driver and a school resource officer. The expulsions and suspension occurred after hearings closed to the public.
Dr. Moss added, "The basis of the expulsions were for the violation of Board of Education Policies 5.322 Student Assault or Battery, BOEP 5.302, Prohibited Conduct, and BOEP 5.311 Bullying,” Moss said in an e-mail message. “The District takes such matters very seriously. Expulsion is a very serious consequence. We want the best for ALL our students and intend no harm to ANY student. However, School Districts are mandated to provide safe and orderly environments for students, faculty and staff members. The provision of a safe environment has to be our number one priority.”
The board actions are not related to a series of bomb threats last fall.