“I went (Thursday) to my tribunal, and they told me that because of past events that have happened that I’m just not going to be able to graduate with my class, and I will have to finish my year at Mountain Creek (Academy) and they will mail me my diploma,” said Wilson, a senior at Murray County High School. “I don’t understand it.”
Wilson is one of about 20 Murray students who participated in a senior prank at around 7 a.m. one day the week before spring break. Students brought their toy cars, bicycles, motorcycles and horses to the gravel flea market parking lot directly across the road from the school and rode them across. Their actions, which students said school officials told them created a commotion and was unsafe, landed participants in two days of internal school suspension, or ISS, they said.
Wilson said her punishment was harsher because she already had a behavioral contract that stipulated she could be sent to the alternative school if she did anything else. She said she had the contract only because she left school early one day without checking out. Another student with a behavior plan was suspended from school for at least a week.
School officials aren’t saying which rules the students broke. Principal Gina Linder directed questions to Administrative Services Director Mike Tuck, who works at the school system’s central office, and Assistant Principal Phillip Greeson did the same.
Tuck said he couldn’t discuss what happened except to confirm “there was an incident, and we dealt with it under the student discipline code.” He would not answer general questions about what kinds of transportation were acceptable on school property.
Senior Austin West said Linder told him the prank was dangerous because of traffic. He said that isn’t true.
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