It was a (relatively) quiet year for Hillsborough expulsion hearings
TAMPA - Who gets thrown out of school? Or, more precisely, who is recommended to be thrown out of school? After all, the expulsion process usually results in a student's transfer from one setting to another.
But here are some of the statistics in a report submitted to the Hillsborough County School Board:
- The number recommended for expulsion or change of placement this past year was 638, the lowest in the last eight years. About a fifth (124) were exceptional education students.
- Sulphur Springs led the elementary schools with 3, Madison was the busiest middle school with 26, and at the high school level, Chamberlain had 24. That's right, there were more expulsion cases from middle school (354) than high school (216).
- The most common age was 14 (108 cases). At all levels, there were far more males than females, and more blacks than any other racial group.
- By far the most common reason for expulsion was disruptive behavior -- except in the alternative schools, where it was assault and battery.
- The report mentioned a total of 8 firearms and 32 knives. "Other weapons" included pepper spray, brass knuckles, razor blades (in elementary school), box cutters, explosives, a scalpel, a stun gun, tear gas and a fire extinguisher that someone discharged in the classroom. Another incident (the report doesn't say where it happened) involved making and passing counterfeit money.
But feel good, parents. This is the quietest it's been since 2003.