VSD To Keep Student Away

Vilonia School District

Citing “significant interest in maintaining school safety,” a federal judge has granted the Vilonia School District’s request to keep a 15-year-old student who is considered a possible safety risk to students and staff members from immediately returning to school.

The boy attends the district’s Freshman Academy for ninth-graders.

The special-education student was suspended March 6th  from returning to school after he posted a picture of himself on social media making a threat. The post on Snapchat showed the student holding a gun and reportedly saying he wanted to kill someone and spend the rest of his life in prison.  

The district sued the boys’ parents March 27th to halt a “stay-put” provision in federal law that requires suspended special education students to return to their most-recent placement after 10 days of suspension, at least until a final administrative decision on placement can be made.

The district filed its suit in Faulkner County Circuit Court, but his parents transferred it to federal court, citing the boy’s rights under federal law.

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