Expulsion cases edge up in Hillsborough
After six years of decline, the number of expulsion cases began to inch up last year in Hillsborough County.
In all, 508 students were referred for expulsion or change of placement, compared with 458 in 2014-15 and 500 the year before that.
East Bay High School had the most cases at 29 according to this detailed report that the Tampa Bay Times received on Monday. The greatest number, 14, were for assault and battery. Three of the East Bay students were in exceptional student education. Armwood came in second with 27 referred for expulsion, including one ESE student.
As with other disciplinary statistics, African American students were over-represented relative to their share of the population. For example, when all high schools were combined, there were 115 cases involving black students out of 211 total. The student population in Hillsborough is only 21 percent black.
The most common offenses in the 508 cases were assault and battery (160), behavior (84) and threats (58).